Sarah Styles

I think that BYU and other organizations do consider certain things so that think they have done what required. Example, they said the building was tucked away for privacy but still in the middle of the campus. Some others have said they like that. So BYU think it’s all good.
However, what they fail to consider while listening to disabled people is how we are affected mentally and emotionally. E.g. with the building mentioned, for those who feel isolated there is a reason for that. They need to hear about that reason and see the bigger picture. Making us have to go across campus to access meetings or classes is not ok if it can be avoided.

Here in Australia we have a senator in a wheelchair. Once the bell goes calling them to a meeting they have two minutes to get there. The only accessible room is across the other side of the grounds. If they don’t get there in time the doors are locked. No one else is allowed in. Once his chair got stuck so he missed the meeting. His vote was important.

I’ve had my chair get stuck and also damaged before. How do I find $500 quickly to get my chair fixed? It’s my legs. I have a life too.
I find that what able bodied people think is accessible is often not.

I see why BYU took the stance they did. They did not seek to see the big picture however. It’s not ok to have issues due to ice and snow in paths and ramps etc... if they spoke to you with kindness then that would have gone a long way. They have no idea the stress of living in a world not designed for you. They pick up on that stress and respond accordingly