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University Plans to Improve Housing for Students with Disabilities.

Update on University Improvements for Housing for Students with Disabilities.

November 2007

Brown University offers a range of campus housing that accommodates the needs of students with disabilities. Brown University has been revising policies and performing various campus projects to improve accessibility to these facilities for students with disabilities. These improvements run the gamut from short term to long term projects. Although some of some of the improvements remain to be completed, we want to report to the community on the substantial progress that has been made in completing projects that improve the infrastructure of housing for students with disabilities. Among the completed projects are the following:

Campus Residence Hall Facilities.
The university has made improvement to accessibility features of dormitory rooms, bathrooms, and kitchens. Although some work remains to be completed, facilities wHere improvements have been made are Poland House, Buxton House, Chapin House, Diman House, Goddard House, Harkness House, Marcy House, Olney House, Sears House, Andrews Hall, Champlin Hall, Emery Hall, Barbour Hall, Vartan Gregorian Quads, and Young Orchard #2.

Campus Site Improvements.
Improvements have been performed relating to the accessibility of routes of travel on campus to accessible dormitories. Among the effected facilities are the following: Poland House, Buxton House, Chapin House, Diman House, Goddard House, Harkness House, Marcy House, Olney House, Sears House, Champlin House, and Vartan Gregorian Quads.

The university has also completed projects creating accessible parking in the lower level of the Power Street parking garage, and renovating Sharpe Refectory dining hall for the purpose of making the dining hall accessible to students with disabilities.

Brown University has campus accessibility maps that provide information about campus accessibility, including but not limited to information about accessible paths of travel, lift locations, and accessible parking. For specific information about accessibility, please contact the Office of Student and Employee Accessibility Services (SEAS) at 401-863-9588 (phone), 401-863-9588 (TTY), 401-863-1999 (fax), or SEAS@brown.edu (e-mail).

Program Houses.
The university has renovated the following facilities where program houses are located so that they are accessible to and usable by students with disabilities:

  • Machado House (87 Prospect Street), French House and Hispanic House; and
  • King House (154 Hope Street), St. Anthony Hall.

Auxiliary (Rental) Housing.
Two university owned facilities have been renovated so that they are accessible to and usable by students with disabilities who have been granted permission to reside off-campus. The newly renovated buildings are located at the following addresses:

  • 110 Charlesfield Street; and
  • 71-73 Charlesfield Street

Brown University asks for your patience as it continues to work on projects that are a part of this important initiative. It continues to be the university’s goal to perform these improvements with minimal interference to campus activities.

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