Living Fully: Visibility at UNC

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Visibility is the fabric of a movement. Alongside recent advocacy efforts to incorporate the Accessible Icon on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, Backbone NC conducted informational interviews with Michelle, freshman, and Tia, sophomore, two UNC students with cerebral palsy. Michelle and Tia said students with disabilities at UNC are largely treated with respect, but there's still a gap in understanding. As an essential step in that very understanding, visibility is not institutionalized at UNC in the way it's starting to be all across the country –– including within the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Gordon College, New York City, and the Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL.

Let's be more like the Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL.

Though the cost associated with a campus-wide overhaul of the traditional handicapped sign would exceed thousands of dollars and break certain federal regulations, incorporating the Accessible Icon in the student union or student stores alongside traditional signs would only cost a few hundred and eliminate legal concerns, according to Accessibility Icon Committee member Taylor Emory. Backbone NC recommends the Union Board of Directors at UNC approve the Accessibility Icon Committee's proposal (or collaborate with Backbone for a larger fundraiser) and move forward with the additional signs.

Sign the petition if you want to see the Accessible Icon at UNC and bring visibility to students with disabilities in a sustainable way. 



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