WMU News

New map provides important accessibility information

January 21, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- A new campus map is making it easier for many students and visitors to get around Western Michigan University's main campus in Kalamazoo.

The Campus Accessibility Map, which debuted this fall, provides important information for people with special needs as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

A major project of WMU's ADA Review Committee, it was produced with the aid of a $5,000 gift from the Hammond Foundation in Kalamazoo. Financial support also came from the University's Department of Human Resources.

"Our committee members have worked hard to make this project a reality," said David A. Glenn, director of affirmative action at WMU and ADA Review Committee chairperson.

"It's been well worth the effort," Glenn added. "A map such as this benefits all members of the University community as well as those who visit our campus."

One side of the new publication features a map of the Kalamazoo campus that identifies sidewalk curb cuts and ramps; accessible restrooms; handicap parking spots; emergency phones; and buildings that have ramp or grade-level entrances, automatic door openers and elevators. Color coding classifies buildings by their degree of accessibility.

The publication's other side provides useful information about various University offices and services and includes a list of key telephone numbers.

Campus Accessibility Maps already have been made available to selected WMU offices. The remainder will be distributed by request on an as-needed basis to students, parents and members of the public. Limited copies are available by calling WMU's Affirmative Action Office at (616) 387-8975.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 616 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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