NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.– A new ramp at McGill Library is nearly completed, and it will increase accessibility at the library.
For the past year, people in wheelchairs were using a small lift on the side of the library’s main stairs. But it’s had problems and stopped working. The trouble with the lift created an accessibility issue for the College and a challenge to meet the requirement of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). The law mandates that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else– including access to resources and services like McGill Library.
“Were waiting on railings, that’s the last piece,” said Erin Smith, Chief Information Officer. “We’ve always tried to be as accessible to as many people as possible.”
The new ramp will make the library accessible and ADA-compliant.
“The ramp will be available for any student who wants to use it,” said Faith Craig, Director of Disability Resources. “So, anyone entering that building would be able to access the library from that door.”
It’s an investment many agree is long overdue, especially with the renewed focus on inclusion on campus. A new student organization on campus has a mission to raise disability awareness in our community. The Disabilities Awareness Club works to challenge stereotypes and inform people how to promote accessibility and inclusion.
“The budget for the project is $50,000,” said Ken Romig, Vice President of Finance. “While the ramp is the largest portion of the cost we also had expenditures for the automatic door openers as well as some other electrical costs to enable everything to work.”
Constructions crews should have the ramp construction opened by the end of September.