Letter to the Editor in Response to ADA Initiatives

Dear Editor,

In reading an article in the Nov. 9 issue of the Echo (“New Efforts for Americans with Disabilities Act”), I was reminded that a campus that is compliant with the American Disabilities Act makes it accessible for both wheelchairs and strollers. As a mother with four (soon to be five) young children under the age of eight, facilities that are friendly to a stroller have been essential to my life for almost a decade. There are places I have been unable to go for years, such as the Washington Monument, because strollers are prohibited there.

I know that young children are not often present on college campuses, but for parents who work or study at the Mount, they will be relieved to find ramps that can be safely navigated on wheels, doors that stay open long enough to allow a stroller through, and elevators that give them access to places above the ground floor. I express my gratitude to the Mount for investigating improvements that will make the campus accessible to those who are weak in the eyes of the world.

Beth Turner (wife of Barrett Turner, assistant professor of theology)

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