The Raleigh area is home to three highly regarded research universities, and each one has distinctive services which they offer to those students who may be disabled. If you or a family member are a student or work at these universities, you can get to and from them in well-equipped handicapped accessible vans or technologically enhanced wheelchair vans.
UNC-Chapel Hill offers a wide variety of educational options, with 71 undergraduate options, 74 doctoral degrees and 107 masters degrees. Also offered are professional degrees in public health, medicine, dentistry, law, business, library science and public administration. Their DDS (Department of Disability Services) works with all university departments to make sure that they are all accessible to anyone seeking an education. Where possible, accommodations are made so that everyone will be able to meet the demands of a busy life at the university.
At NC State, the administration supports an ongoing goal of developing an accessible workplace and university. They educate the campus community, make accommodations for staff, faculty and students, and promote equal opportunity and access. Their goals are as follows: put people first, foster an atmosphere of respect through advocacy and education, create an inclusive and diverse university, proffer honesty and integrity, aim for high results oriented productivity, and foster synergy, flexibility and creativity.
On the Duke campus, the DMS (Disability Management System) gives leadership to the health system and the university by providing a hospitable and accessible learning environment for students and staff with disabilities. They are also the clearing house for disability related information. The DMS coordinates support programs, services, and accommodations for students with disabilities. Duke is experienced at helping students in a wide variety of circumstances, whether they have ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, blindness, deafness or chronic health or mobility concerns.
At Van Products, our goal is to make sure our community has the same opportunities to attend work and school as those not dealing with mobility impairment. How does mobility factor into your job and education choices? What is the most accommodating place you’ve been for wheelchair and mobility impaired people?