This infographic highlights the problem of inaccessibility of agricultural research spaces at UC Berkeley. Evidence was collected from site surveys, analysis of state and federal law regarding discrimination and disability, and interviews with UC Berkeley students and staff. Methods of analysis for the site surveys include collecting quantitative measurements based on the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design and collecting qualitative data regarding barriers to involvement of people with disabilities within the research spaces. Results of the data showed that the agricultural research spaces did not comply with the access standards or state and federal law. Moreover, evidence from students specifically indicates that physical, financial, and knowledge barriers foster exclusion in STEM areas (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) across the UC Berkeley campus. The infographic also highlights recommended programmatic and policy changes. Read a full report on the data here.
Accessible spaces are guaranteed by state and federal laws, including - Rehabilitation Act of 1973 - Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) - ADA Standards for Acessible Design - California Civil and Government Code - Hatch Act of 1887 ...and more
One of the most important leaders in the disability rights movement is UC Berkeley alumnus Ed Roberts. As a pillar for inclusive higher education, the University has a duty to meet accessibility standards, else undermining the expectation of accessibility at other institutions.