How Well Does NMSU Support People with Disabilities? Since the Americans with Disabilities Act was […]
Different Abilities, Same Humanity
How Well Does NMSU Support People with Disabilities?
Since the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed on July 26, 1990, it has been illegal to discriminate against people because of their disabilities, and accessibility requirements have been imposed on all places of public accommodation, commercial facilities, and state and local government facilities. It was a landmark moment for the disabilities community, but decades later, their daily struggles are still often overlooked.
From assistance programs to infrastructure accessibility to stereotypes and even the use of the term “disabled,” this project attempts to assess how well NMSU supports people with different abilities, and to shine light on the many facets of living with a disability.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2019, 41.1 million people in the United States were living with a disability; that is 12.7% of the country’s population. Why should such a large portion of the population have trouble entering buildings, making friends, traveling, or even expressing their sexuality?
Hopefully, the stories linked below help to show that even though we don’t all share the same abilities, we must all do our part to treat everyone with the same humanity, respect and consideration.