“How Accessible and Inclusive Is Georgia State? Student Living with Blindness Shares What It’s like to Attend a University in the Center of Atlanta – The Signal.” The Signal. Ed. Lauren Booker. 29 Sept. 2015. Web. 20 Mar. 2016.
The Signal is Georgia State University’s newspaper. Fellow student and editor, Lauren Booker wrote this article speaking on if GSU is truly inclusive and accessible. Booker interviewed Shikha Desai, a student here at GSU who lost her sight at the age of 17. Desai says that the university still has room for improvement even though she gets accommodated by the Office of Disabilities. The Braille on her dorm room door and elevator is a positive, but she says that if the elevator spoke, letting her know which floor she was getting off of, this would help her navigation. Desai suggests that Braille be added to the bus stops. “Anybody can produce Braille for any sign.” There is a vending machine in the Center for the Visually Impaired, which is the only one on campus that she can access. The buttons have Braille and the machine consists of a sheet of what’s in the vending machine. Gilmer street has chirping crosswalk intersections, and Desai says that this makes her comfortable when crossing the street. Professor and advisor for ABLE, Judith Emerosn feels as though more chirping crosswalks are necessary throughout the campus. She adds that the cracked and crumbling sidewalks need to be repaired and elevators need voice features. The Office of Disabilities provides talking computers, you can convert textbooks and documents into Braille, and electronic texts to audio files. These are just a few of the resources available. It seems as though GSU is trying its best to make all students feel inclusive and have accessibility around the campus.