I do know that when I was in school, the disability center closed before classes would end for the day. So I would walk my blind friend to his last class and to the bus stop after, so he wouldn't have to count his steps, and risk getting on the wrong bus. It took him a full hour to walk the 15 minute walk without assistance. There were classes that he couldn't take because the center wasn't open late enough and those courses were only at night.
I was so impressed when my online program made sure all students were aware that they could still ask for accommodations for such things if needed. I attended both BYU and BYU-I and never once heard a professor mention to students that such resources were available.
The biggest challenge in being in a wheelchair/crutches/a cane was how long it took to get around campus. I don't know if the school can change this, but it's worth mentioning how those with impaired movements need to expend an extra amount of energy getting around campus. On the other hand, I found this aspect of University life enjoyable even though I was impaired. One plus to BYU is that unlike most campuses, most of the buildings with classes are fairly close together. Benches and places in between building to sit made things easier on me. I'm so grateful for that.
Based on the response you got back from BYU, I'd say their accessibility office culture is not very proactive. Sounds like they are more worried about liability, and so do the bare minimum to avoid a lawsuit.
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.
In addition the lack of parking makes it very difficult for me to make it to classes. They continuously build new things and take away more parking access. It’s frustrating
I wish that more students knew about the process for getting accommodations, and that there wasn’t such a stigma about asking for accommodations. It would also be nice if the website had more specific examples from REAL STUDENTS (they don’t have to say their names) about how the UAC has helped them.
BYU has been a lovely place to learn and meet people, however BYU and Utah in general is a very hard place to live when you have a serious disability. I don't believe that any of this is malicious, but I do believe we can make it better.
Between these two elevators, however, there is another elevator for faculty members which only gives access to students on a certain floors or card access is required in order to use it. During this time, I thought that it would be nice if disabled students can have access to this elevator, since there is less traffic than other two elevators.