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Aric – What was your college experience?

Aric – What was your college experience?

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College was great. So, I went to University of Alabama, and before ADA and everything else. But there was a dormitory that had six or eight wheelchair-accessible rooms, and there were suites that were combined in the middle with a bathroom. And lucki... Show More

College was great. So, I went to University of Alabama, and before ADA and everything else. But there was a dormitory that had six or eight wheelchair-accessible rooms, and there were suites that were combined in the middle with a bathroom. And luckily for me, it was in the girls’ first year student dorm. So, all my friends came over, it was a great talking point, even I, I had a friend who played football, they got to come over. It was far enough away from home to where I was independent, but only about an hour and half drive, so if I needed something, or mom, dad wanted to come visit, it was easy access. But it was a great experience. You find the ways to get to class, so if there’s a back door—and I would always go in and check with the instructor, “hey, is this on the floor that’s elevator accessible?” Or, the front of the steps, “do I need to go in the back?” I would always check it out to make my life easier because the instructor they don’t know. I would have a discussion with them and say, “you know, if it’s raining real hard, or storming or inclement weather I might not be there, but I would be in touch.” This was way before email and cell phones, so you had to talk to them. And I always found that talking with whichever, a boss, an instructor made my life easier, and it set the expectation with them on my needs. And if there was, if there was something special that we needed, it was always available.

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Aric – What was your college experience?

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Injured in 1983 at age 14, paraplegic
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College was great. So, I went to University of Alabama, and before ADA and everything else. But there was a dormitory that had six or eight wheelchair-accessible rooms, and there were suites that were combined in the middle with a bathroom. And luckily for me, it was in the girls’ first year student dorm. So, all my friends came over, it was a great talking point, even I, I had a friend who played football, they got to come over. It was far enough away from home to where I was independent, but only about an hour and half drive, so if I needed something, or mom, dad wanted to come visit, it was easy access. But it was a great experience. You find the ways to get to class, so if there’s a back door—and I would always go in and check with the instructor, “hey, is this on the floor that’s elevator accessible?” Or, the front of the steps, “do I need to go in the back?” I would always check it out to make my life easier because the instructor they don’t know. I would have a discussion with them and say, “you know, if it’s raining real hard, or storming or inclement weather I might not be there, but I would be in touch.” This was way before email and cell phones, so you had to talk to them. And I always found that talking with whichever, a boss, an instructor made my life easier, and it set the expectation with them on my needs. And if there was, if there was something special that we needed, it was always available.

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