Local college students learn a lesson in wheelchair accessibility

The class will be taking data and visiting local businesses on how accessible they are to people with disabilities

LA CROSSE, Wis (WKBT) – Students at Western Technical College are learning a lesson in what makes us different.

As a part of the Access to the Our City Project, students from the college’s IT project analysis class got a new view of the city.They experienced La Crosse from the perspective of someone in a wheelchair.

Students, using proper PPE and social distancing measures, learned first-hand some of the challenges of being disabled, in a very able-bodied world.

“So a lot of able-bodied people just haven’t experienced it. And don’t realize how much more work goes into getting around your city when you are disabled,” said Western Technical College student Harmony Maves.

The class will be taking data and visiting local businesses on how accessible they are to people with disabilities. The information will be used for Access Our City, a website the class is designing highlighting the city’s accessibility.

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