During the Spring Quarter I’m working to build an issue reporting function that will enable users to report an access issue, such as a broken elevator, to Facilities and to share this knowledge with other app users who might also be effected by this issue. We will also be designing a feedback feature that allows users to give feedback on individual buildings in order to collect and aggregate the experience of disabled students, staff, and faculty.
Disability is a fact of my life but isolation is not. I no longer accept secrecy, silence, prejudice, or discrimination. The OSD exists to make sure that no student with a disability at the University of Chicago has to suffer isolation or discrimination.
Access UChicago developed through conversations with Stephanie Ban, a first-year in the College. The first time we met for coffee we talked for hours – it was the first time she had talked to another disabled person about her experience. As we continued to talk during the Autumn quarter our frustrations with encountering access barriers, navigating campus, and using existing mobile apps coalesced into a seed of an idea.