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Petition to Dana Hoyt, Frank Parker, Administration, TSUS Board

Change SHSU's Position on it's Students with Disabilities.

After spending about 2 and a half full years at Sam Houston State University, I have slowly become more aware of the problems that I, as a student with a disability, have come to face over the years. Since being diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, it has become increasingly difficult for me to get around campus without the use of my car. In order to prevent injuring myself any further, I have been issued a disability placard for my vehicle. Today, I was issued a ticket for parking in a disabled parking space with my placard visible because my "disability permit" on campus (unbeknownst to me) expired over the weekend at the beginning of the month. After paying the top price for "exclusive zone one parking", no one informed me that after renewing my state issued placard, I had to obtain yet another disability e-permit. People with disabilities SHOULD NOT have to pay an exclusive fee for special parking on campus, we should just have to pay a lower fee (i.e. zone 3 remote parking fee) and park where ever an available handicap parking spot is located. Handicap parking should not be treated as a luxury, this singles out those with disabilities as if we chose to have the disabilities. Unfortunately, this does not even exceed the tip of the iceberg with the amount of problems I have found on campus. The pavement on some of the walkways crumbles, making it more dangerous for those with disabilities to walk through. I have had a severely sprained ankle for over a year now, because the walkways throughout campus are so hard to walk on. A lot of the buildings also do not have automatic opening doors, making it hard for those that use wheelchairs or other mobility aids to get inside academic buildings. Although there are "accessible" walkways and entrances throughout campus, a lot of them take the person completely out of the way in order to get into a building safely, making it a less feasible option for those who have trouble walking. We need a more accessible campus to make it more friendly for people with disabilities. SHSU Administration, I call on you to make these changes and be more open to supporting those with disabilities. Please consider making these changes in order to create a safer more diverse community on this wonderful campus.  

Christa Riter
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Petition to American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Board of Directors, Elise Davis-McFarland, PhD, CCC-SLP, Shari B. Robertson, CCC-SLP, Gail J. Richard, PhD, CCC-SLP, Charles E. Bishop, AuD, PhD, CCC-A, Katheryn L. Boada, CCC-SLP, Arlene Carney, CCC-A, Mel Cohen, CCC-SLP, Robert C. Fifer, PhD, AuD, CCC-A, Perry F. Flynn, MEd, CCC-SLP, Melanie W. Hudson, MA, CCC-SLP, Marie Ireland, CCC-SLP, Barbara Jacobson, PhD, CCC-SLP, Janet Koehnke, PhD, CCC-A, Nadine Martin, PhD, CCC‐SLP, Arlene A. Pietranton, PhD, CAE, Sonja Pruitt-Lord, PhD, CCC-SLP, Lynn Williams, PhD, CCC-SLP

ASHA: Oppose Guns in Schools and Support Gun Reform Now

In the wake of the mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, as educators and students use their voices to protect our schools, many school speech language pathologists and audiologists stand by and join these efforts. Many SLPs and audiologists (some of us parents of children who attend school) are concerned and disheartened by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's recent post on gun control and arming teachers in schools. In a recent Facebook post, ASHA alluded to concern for gun violence in schools, but stopped short of opposing arming teachers in schools or support for gun reform. While there are SLPs and audiologists along the entire political spectrum, this is ultimately a safety issue: Guns have no place in our schools. Since Columbine, there have been 25 fatal school shootings in the United States, with a total of 122 people killed, including children as young as six years old.  ASHA’s mission statement reads: Empowering speech language pathologists and advocating for members and those they serve. ASHA’s post falls short at a time when there is anguish and fear on the part of school SLPs and the children we serve, who are subjected to multiple lockdown drills per year. These drills can be very scary and confusing for children, especially children with disabilities, yet it has become a necessity, because of access to assault weapons in the United States. Gun control means safer schools. So what is ASHA truly advocating for? We cannot think of a single issue that takes precedence over people's lives, including speech language pathologists, audiologists, educators and staff, and the children we show up for everyday. Gun violence impacts speech language pathologists, not in theory, but in reality. Sharonda Singleton was a speech language pathologist who was murdered in the Charleston church massacre on June, 17, 2015. Kortney Spencer, a school SLP, was injured at the beginning of the school year when she was shot in the leg at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas when a gunman opened fire on the concertgoers. There is no reason to believe they would have been any safer at school.  ASHA, please join other professional organizations who have spoken out in support of gun control and opposition to arming teachers, including National Education Association, National PTA, and National Association of School Psychologists, among others. ASHA’s statement needs to be unequivocally about protecting all of our members from disastrous policies and inaction that allow shootings like this to happen again and again. We need to hear that you oppose arming teachers and that you support gun control. ASHA code of ethics asks us to honor the responsibility to hold paramount the welfare of those we serve. We are doing our part to do so, ASHA. Now it’s your turn to do yours.  

SLPs for Safe Schools
2,534 supporters