Add detectable steps to Miami University's campus for those with visual impairments
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Famous poet Robert Frost said that Miami University was "the most beautiful campus there ever was." And he wasn't wrong. Miami's signature red-brick buildings with ivory trim and pristine steps help to rank Miami as one of the most beautiful campuses in the country.
These buildings were made through the eyes of able-bodied men and women who looked at a universal checklist to make the accommodations for people with disabilities. One law that the architects abide by is being required to mark stairs on the inside for depth perception. However, there is no law requiring the outside stairwells to be marked, meaning that those with visual impairments and a lack of depth perception have a difficult time walking on the many outdoor steps on Miami's campus. To these people unmarked stairs is a fall waiting to happen.
This needs to be changed. With our project, Steps for Depth, we intend to educate the Miami community on this largely unspoken issue. We plan to urge Associated Student Government to address this issue and create plans to add these detectable step markings to Miami's campus.
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