In reference to the article on snow travel for disabled students (Snowstorms make campus travel difficult for disabled,2/4/2011) and the follow-up letter (The ‘U’ failed to help disabled after storm, 2/8/2011), we totally share your frustration with the difficulty for individuals, in particular those with physical challenges, to maneuver over the snow-clogged crosswalks and street corners during the winter season.
The University of Michigan Council for Disability Concerns — an all-campus volunteer organization with membership open to everyone — is always alert to ways that we can improve accessibility for our entire campus community. We have listed central numbers on our website for emergencies and instructions for lodging complaints and problems: http://www.hr.umich.edu/ability/report.html.
We also welcome non-emergency suggestions that pertain to disability issues. These can be submitted online on the same website. We very much care about creating accessibility for everyone on campus. It is our priority and one of the chief reasons for our existence.
Anna Ercoli Schnitzer
Disability Issues Librarian, Taubman Health Sciences Library