It all started the day I got my driver’s license and began driving to and from work at Princeton University. That made me pay attention to the noticeable emptiness of disability parking spots in the parking lot.
The same experience repeated itself when we moved to Princeton’s brand-new graduate student housing, where those spots were, once again, conspicuously empty. There were clearly spaces set aside for disabled students, postdocs and faculty members, but sadly, there were not nearly enough of those people on the campus to come close to filling them.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 22 percent of adults in the United States are disabled. Historically, disability rights activists were part of the broader civil rights movement, and their efforts culminated in the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act in 1990.
[ Watch the video at Inside Higher Ed. ]
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