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Journal Article

Citation

Steen JA, Bergeron M. J. Pol. Pract. 2017; 16(3): 276-291.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2017, Informa - Taylor and Francis Group)

DOI

10.1080/15588742.2016.1266723

PMID

unavailable

Abstract

The case of Gustafson v. Regents of the University of California suggests that students with mobility impairments may face great peril when needing to evacuate multi-level university buildings, yet this problem is rarely considered in the research literature. To address this gap, the extent of this problem was assessed in a sample of 210 universities that house MSW programs. Documents representing university evacuation policy were obtained from university websites and analyzed with respect to three domains of disability rights.

RESULTS indicate that the failure to adequately respect these rights was widespread within the sample. To support the advocacy efforts of those seeking to change university policy, model language was extracted from university documents and presented as a goal.


Language: en

Keywords

Disability; emergency; evacuation; human rights; mobility impairment

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