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Georgetown University’s many publications have covered a variety of disability-related issues over many years, including the realities for people with disabilities at Georgetown and the campaign for a Disability Cultural Center here. Read on below! (Articles are listed from most recent to oldest, and each one includes a brief excerpt.)

Deaf Community Finds Home at Georgetown with GU Signs
The Georgetown Voice | March 2014

“What those shiny pamphlets failed to mention, though, is that Washington, D.C., also serves as the de facto capital of America’s Deaf community, and is home to the world’s only university for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, Gallaudet University. For attending university in the largest Deaf hub in America, Georgetown students have precious little access to the Deaf community’s language, American Sign Language. ASL is a natural language, completely separate from English, with its own grammar and syntax resembling Mandarin Chinese more than English. Georgetown does not offer a single class in the language of our peers at Gallaudet, forcing interested students to trek to GW or Gallaudet for classes through the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.”

A Sign of the Times: The Story of Deaf Students at Georgetown
The Georgetown Voice | February 2014

“Within the deaf community, the word ‘deaf’ can take on a number of meanings. When referring to hearing loss alone, deaf remains lower case. ‘Deaf’ with a capital ‘D’ or ‘Deaf culture’ refers to the common experience of a self-defined linguistic minority with a unique history and language. Although GU Signs is the only student group at Georgetown that specifically promotes Deaf culture, Georgetown has found other avenues to engage Deaf culture. Last fall, Visiting Professor Sylvia Onder, who teaches Turkish Studies in the Department of Arab and Islamic Studies and the Department of Anthropology, taught a class called ‘Culture and Identities’ in collaboration with Gallaudet University. 20 Georgetown students and 17 Gallaudet students enrolled in the class, and, as a part of the curriculum, students were required to take a field trip to Gallaudet and participate in group video discussions with Gallaudet students.”

Candidates Propose Budgets
The Hoya | February 2014

“[Trevor Tezel and Omika Jikaria]’s budget also requests funds for an undergraduate research symposium, the ‘RU Ready’ sexual assault prevention initiative, an initiative paying for students to go out for coffee with professors called ‘ProfCoff’ and the conduction of a report on university accessibility, designed to prompt a reconsideration of the university’s disability policy.”

Candidates Surveyed on Disability for Second Year
The Hoya | February 2014

“For the second year in a row, disability advocate Lydia Brown (COL ’15) sent a survey to all Georgetown University Student Association executive candidates addressing disability issues on campus and asking how they would respond to disability-related challenges if elected to office. Brown developed a similar survey during last year’s GUSA election, posting the candidates’ responses on her blog ‘Autistic Hoya.’ This year, the candidates were asked six questions relating to their perceptions of disability-related issues on campus, published online.”

Strong Words from GU’s Disabled
The Hoya | January 2014

“The participants of the Twitter protest tweeted about the disrespect and ableism present in the Georgetown community. ‘Access and inclusion for disabled students shouldn’t be optional or above and beyond. It should be the bare minimal standard,’ [Lydia] Brown tweeted. ‘Learning that a professor can deny you an accommodation if it ostensibly ‘compromises the objectives of the course,’’ [Natalia] Rivera tweeted.”

#BDGU Online Conversation to Bring Awareness to Disabled Community at Georgetown
Vox Populi (blog of the Georgetown Voice) | January 2014

“‘There a are many disability cultures, including Autistic culture, little people culture, and Deaf culture,’ [Lydia Brown] told Vox. ‘Since the dominant paradigm of disability is that disability is an individual medical problem that the disabled person has a moral imperative to overcome, it makes sense that the idea of disability as culture had rarely made its way to front and center. I hope to change that.'”

Deaf Student With Cochlear Implant Argues For Bridging Two Worlds
Georgetown University, Office of Communications | January 2014

“Heather Artinian (C’15), A Georgetown student who was born deaf and didn’t speak intelligibly until the age of 12, is advocating for the hearing impaired and hearing worlds to make peace with one another. … The Glen Cove, N.Y., native became the symbol of a controversial debate between the two communities that was chronicled in the documentary film Sound and Fury (2000) by Josh Aronson.”

Navigating Two Cultures
Georgetown University, College News | December 2013

“Cochlear implants were seen as a threat to Deaf culture because children with implants often didn’t learn sign language. The decision to get an implant seemed like a choice between the hearing community or the Deaf community. Growing up, [Heather] Artinian felt pulled by each side. ‘I realized that I didn’t necessarily have to pick one. I can just be in the middle,’ she said.”

In/Finite Earth Exhibits Artistic Expression
The Georgetown Voice | December 2013

“When I think of artists with disabilities, I tend to imagine Chuck Close, photorealist artist paralyzed from the waist down, or any other artist with the kind of disability I can visibly see. In/Finite Earth: A National Juried Exhibition for Emerging Artists with Disabilities, gives a stage to young artists with disabilities across the spectrum of mental and physical health: autism, ADHD, blindness, depression, epilepsy, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, to name a few.”

Not Crazy, Just a Little Unwell: Mental Health at Georgetown
The Georgetown Voice | November 2013

“Lydia Brown (COL ’15), a disability rights activist, noted that this is a common experience for students with less prevalent disorders than depression, including mental disorders such as autism. ‘CAPS is not equipped to be responsive to a broad range of services,’ she said. ‘There is a lack of welcoming reception and knowledge about many different disorders, which can be detrimental to the point of forcing some students to leave.’ Based on her own experiences and those of others she knows, Brown concludes that the treatment style of CAPS is inflexible and medicalized rather than tailored to fit the individual patient’s needs, as she believes it should be. ‘Mental health services need to be person-centered, so that they’re less about trying to fix you and more about finding ways to support you,’ she said.”

GUSA Tackles Accessibility
The Hoya | September 2013

“To address confusion about available resources for students with disabilities, the Georgetown University Student Association’s Office of Disabilities launched ‘No Wrong Door,’ an initiative to provide a comprehensive manual for navigating university and D.C. area disability resources. The 35-page manual will include information about housing and academic accommodations, legal aid, community resources and internships for students with disabilities. No Wrong Door stemmed from what GUSA saw as the absence of a consolidated and accessible resource hub for disabled students at Georgetown.”

Student Honored for Disability Advocacy at White House
The Hoya | July 2013

“The group discussed abuse of and violence against disabled people as well as employment discrimination. During the panel, [Lydia] Brown brought up the lack of community many disabled people face growing up, comparing the experience to that of gay and lesbian youth. ‘As disabled people, we don’t grow up as a politicized identity because our history is not taught in school,’ she said during the panel. ‘Even if you grow up in a homophobic home … you’re generally aware there is such a thing as a queer community. When you grow up disabled, you don’t know those organizations exist. … You don’t have the choice to decide if you want to be a part of them.'”

Autistic Georgetown Student to Speak Today at White House Disability Rights Event
Georgetown University, Office of Communications | July 2013

“An autistic student at the university who is also a disability rights activist is speaking today at a White House event commemorating the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Lydia Brown (C’15), an Arabic major, has been named a White House Champion of Change and shared her thoughts at the event, which includes remarks from U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez; Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to the President and White House Domestic Policy Council Director Ceciila Munoz. … ‘Lydia has been an enthusiastic advocate for the inclusion of all students on our campus. Her dedication and vision have been inspiring,’ says Todd Olson, vice president of student affairs at Georgetown. ‘Our Jesuit mission calls us to be women and men for others, and Lydia exemplifies this commitment on a daily basis.'”

A Champion of Change
Georgetown University, College News | July 2013

“As a White House Champion of Change, Lydia Brown (C’15) recently spoke at a White House event commemorating the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Brown, an Arabic major, is one of only eight young people recognized for ‘their advocacy efforts, their innovative projects, and their embodiment of the spirit of ADA,’ according to the White House Office of Public Engagement. The U.S. National Council on Disability nominated Brown, whose work includes creating an online resource and advocacy website called the Autism Education Project and speaking at numerous disability conferences.”

GUSA Launches New Website and It’s Shiny
Vox Populi (blog of the Georgetown Voice) | July 2013

“There is also the issue of accessibility. Lydia Brown (COL ’15), GUSA’s Undersecretary for Disability Affairs said in an email to Vox, ‘For an organization that must represent and advocate on behalf of the student body, it would be a poor and harmful statement about which types of people are valued for the GUSA official website to be accessible only to some people rather than to all.’ She is working on a number of disability-friendly options on the website, including options for contrast settings, large text, visual descriptions of images, audio transcripts and subtitles of audio and video material.”

Medical Discrimination: Handicapped Left for Dead
The Georgetown Voice | April 2013

“Imagine your doctor suggesting that instead of receiving treatment for a potentially fatal but otherwise treatable condition, you should consider an alternative—death. For most people reading this piece, such a situation would be unthinkable. Yet for those of us who are disabled—mentally or physically—going to the hospital can actually be a dangerous decision. In March of this year, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network published a report on widespread discrimination against disabled people who need organ transplants. In the same month, the United Kingdom sponsored a three-year study entitled Confidential Inquiry into Premature Deaths of People with Learning Disabilities that found over 1,200 cases in which mentally disabled people suffered avoidable deaths. The report noted that doctors were far more likely to issue rapid and premature life and death decisions or “do not resuscitate” orders solely based on a person’s disability.”

When Treatment Becomes Torture: This is What Disabled Oppression Looks Like
The Fire This Time | March 2013

“Every day for close to twenty years, disabled children, youth, and adults have been abused and tortured at the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) in Canton, MA where torture is described as treatment, and punishment is described as therapy. Students at the JRC must wear backpacks with wires attached to their legs and arms that bear electrodes designed to give electric shocks that are more powerful and more painful than police tasers.”

Conquering Ableism: Disabled Students Face Institutional Challenges
The Hoya | February 2013

“[Izzi] Angel sees ableism as part and parcel of the culture on campus. ‘Even just in terms of the way people talk — ‘I’m not crazy. I’m not stupid. You’re crazy. You’re stupid’ — or the way people are treated when they are labeled as ‘crazy’ or ‘stupid,’’ she said of the attitudes she perceived while on the Hilltop. ‘People act differently toward you at best, or they try to ignore it.’ Angel reflected that she perceived the campus as a whole inaccessible in spite of the proclaimed mission of cura personalis.”

Disabling Stereotypes
The Hoya | February 2013

“The prevailing attitude in American society toward the sex lives of the disabled is a mixture of both stigma and lurid curiosity, according to [Lydia] Brown. …  ‘Just like anyone else, disabled people can be sexual beings. Disabled people can also be asexual, just as non-disabled folks can be,’ Brown said. ‘But there is a really long history of desexualizing disabled people by assuming we are incompetent, that we do not have agency and that we are incapable of articulating or comprehending desire.'”

The Wrong Conversation about Mental Health and Violence
The Georgetown Voice | January 2013

“Whenever a mass shooting or other act of horrific violence occurs, the mainstream media, political pundits, and members of the public are quick to jump to one of two conclusions—the perpetrator was either autistic or had a psychiatric disability. Aside from the obvious prejudice against disabled people that underpins either assumption, both of these conclusions are not merely wrong, but incredibly irresponsible and unacceptably dangerous. The vast majority of autistic people and those with psychiatric disabilities are not only nonviolent, but much more likely than non-disabled people to be the victims of violent crime than the perpetrators of it. When autistic people or people with psychiatric disabilities do commit violent crimes, disability is rarely a factor in the commission of the crime. These insinuations place autistic people and those with psychiatric disabilities at extreme risk for further victimization.”

Disabled Hoyas Suffer from Prejudice, Not Impairment
The Georgetown Independent | January 2013

“Last month, I received a thank you note from an Autistic alumna for my writing on disability. ‘If I had had people like you around when I was at GU maybe my experiences wouldn’t have been so bad,’ she wrote. Some might wonder whether her experiences were isolated incidents, but interviews with several disabled mem-bers of the Georgetown community suggest that neither her nor my experiences have occurred independently of an environment that encourages and permits ableism. Unfortunately, most people have never even heard of ableism, never mind attempted to challenge it. Ableism is bigotry and prejudice against disabled people on the basis of actual or perceived disability, and like all other forms of oppression, is both systemic and individual. Yet just as racism can appear in a textbook, an offhand remark, a judicial system, or a white hood, ableism takes both overt and subtle forms.”

Panelists Discuss Disability Culture
The Hoya | November 2012

“The panelists discussed the culture of ableism — prejudice against people with disabilities — at academic institutions and ways that schools ignore the needs of people who identify as disabled. ‘When you are diagnosed, you are not a person who has agency,’ [Elizabeth] Grace said. ‘Suddenly you are a person who has behaviors and not a person who has agency.’ [Kassiane] Sibley described her own experiences as an autistic student. ‘I have to explain to my professors every day that my … condition is the human condition. I am a person too,’ Sibley said. The panelists said that academic institutions are often reluctant to embrace disability awareness.”

Progress Is Slow on Disability Access
The Hoya | November 2012

“Evan Monod (COL ’14), who also has cerebral palsy, joked about the lack of working elevators on campus. ‘Some people, when they graduate and are successful, donate scholarships to the university,’ he said. ‘I’m going to donate elevators.’ … Monod agreed that the [Academic Resource Center] is a valuable resource but lamented a lack of greater university support. For some students, trial and error is the most effective way of figuring out how to get around campus. ‘It’s sad that at a school like this, we only have three or four people working in the disability office,’ Monod said.”

Autism Advocates Demonstrate for Rights
The Hoya | November 2012

“Members of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network protested in front of the Washington Monument Saturday morning during Autism Speaks’ event, Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Both ASAN and Autism Speaks are nonprofit organizations that focus on autism advocacy; however, ASAN is run entirely by autistic individuals, while Autism Speaks does not include autistic leaders and focuses on preventative research. ‘Most of what they do is … preventative care. … We don’t want to be prevented. I am not a puzzle piece,’ said Lydia Brown (COL ’15), who identifies as autistic and interns for ASAN.”

Disabled Deserve Better
The Hoya | November 2012

“The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 was a landmark piece of legislation that has protected the rights of those with physical or mental handicaps. While the Georgetown campus is in compliance with the ADA, it only takes a quick tour of the Hilltop to realize that much more could be done to make university buildings more accommodating to the physically disabled.”

Disabled Artists Explore Social Issues
The Georgetown Voice | September 2012

“Although we can’t really generalize what makes a talented artist, many assume good health and a strong mind are both prerequisites. But the Ripley Center’s new exhibit, Sustaining/Creating: A National Juried Exhibition for Emerging Artists with Disabilities, Ages 16-25, which opened on Sept. 11 and runs until Jan. 2013, works to test this hypothesis. A single corridor on the third floor of the gallery features the works of 15 artists with disabilities. The collection, as the title notes, explores the theme of sustainability. Each artist shares his or her own viewpoint on the issue, in turn prompting the viewer to reflect on societal customs and social responsibility.”

Disability Cultural Center Under Development
The Hoya | September 2012

“About 20 members of the university community attended an event on Wednesday night that [Lydia] Brown organized, at which they began the process of assembling a planning committee that will write a proposal and lobby support for the center. ‘This is in the very beginning stages,’ Brown said, adding that the Center will require funding, office space and a full-time faculty director and will likely take a few years to get off the ground. ‘It will be the foundational branch of the university for addressing disability and it will directly collaborate with student organizations and centers specific to disability and diversity in general,’ she said. The proposed center will serve as an administrative office similar to the LGBTQ Resource Center. The center will promote equal access, provide a safe space for conversation and encourage activism. Additionally, the center will offer social activities, a mentorship program and community service projects.”

Georgetown Should Encourage Neurodiversity
The Georgetown Voice | March 2012

“Last fall, as part of the diversABILITY forum, the Department of Performing Arts sponsored Visible Impact, a show focusing on the deaf and ‘disabled.’ During the event, deaf Georgetown student Heather Artinian (COL ‘15) said ‘If you say ‘disabled,’ you usually mean that the person is unable to function like normal. Deaf people are normal…we just have a different way of viewing life.’ Similarly, people with different mental capabilities are not necessarily disabled. Judgments of their capabilities should rest on the same requirements as any other person, and not the label assigned to them. ‘Neurodiversity is important in the academic environment because its perspective on issues about disability are profoundly different [from] a purely medical perspective, or a perspective that urges pity and insists on fixing or curing,’ Lydia Brown (COL ‘15) an advocate for autism understanding, who has autism herself, wrote in an email. ‘[It] is about empowering and uniting the people labeled neurodiverse, and deserves discussion and critical analysis in the university environment.'”

Autistic Student Advocates for Herself, Other Autistics
Georgetown University, Office of Communications | March 2012

“[Lydia] Brown’s advocacy work is wide-ranging. She convinced members of the legislature in her native Massachusetts to propose a bill requiring that law enforcement officers learn about autism while she was still in high school. She has created an online resource and advocacy website called the Autism Education Project, and established an online petition to protest a Kentucky school aide’s placement of an autistic boy in a bag to ‘control his autistic behavior.’ To date, the petition has more than 190,000 signatures. The first-year student also serves as an intern with the Washington, D.C.-based Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, has spoken at one autism conference and will speak at two or three others this year. Brown is also a member of the National Youth Leadership Network’s Outreach and Awareness Committee. And she will serve as a member of a consumer advisory council for the Georgetown University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Georgetown’s Center for Child and Human Development for the next five years.”

From Blog Posts to Bills, Student Advocates for the Autistic
The Hoya | January 2012 

“Drawing on her experiences, [Lydia] Brown (COL ’15) wrote and submitted two bills, one before the House of Representatives and one in the Senate in Massachusetts, proposing a mandatory training program about autism for law enforcement and correction officers in the state. The training would focus on how to recognize and communicate with autistic people in high-tension situations. … Brown has also employed her personal experiences to advocate for autistic people’s rights, particularly as an intern for the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, and speak out against arrests of autistic children for misbehavior in school.”

DiversABILITY Presents Play for Deaf, Disabled Communities
The Georgetown Voice | October 2011

“This Saturday, Georgetown’s Department of Performing Arts will put on Visible Impact, a production that seeks to engage with deaf and disabled communities as part of Georgetown’s DiversABILITY Forum, a weekend-long initiative to promote discussion about students’ understandings of diversity through various performing arts and discussions with artists, educators, policymakers and advocates. Visible Impact is the highlight of the forum and a collaborative effort among students and faculty from both Georgetown and Gallaudet University, as well as the Open Circle Theatre, the city’s first professional theater group that focuses on integrating disabled performers. The idea for the project originated from a discussion initiated by Professor Susan Lynskey, who taught a class last semester called ‘Deaf, Performance and Culture,’ and by Richard Curry, S.J., who has been working with persons with disabilities for over 35 years.”

Exploring the Diversity of Ability
The Hoya | October 2011

“Opening this weekend at the Davis Center for the Performing Arts, ‘Visible Impact’ is a poignant collection of vignettes tackling various forms of disability, such as deafness, cerebral palsy and autism. It mirrors society — how disabilities affect those who have to live with them and those who surround them. It is the tale of a deaf woman trying to take a citizenship test and being yelled at to sing the national anthem while she can’t hear the demand. It is the story of a dyslexic singer. It is the story of a group of physically impaired greeters at Walmart, discussing how a customer should say hello to them.”

ReImagining GU, One Grant at a Time
The Hoya | October 2011

“Another 2009 winner, DiversAbility, is a recognized SAC organization that focuses on stimulating conversation about disabilities. ‘We aren’t an advocacy group,’ Jeffrey Kosmo (MSB ’12), president of DiversAbility, said. ‘We are more about talking about issues and getting the discussion started. The point is to get people on campus to think about what it means to have a disability and to think about it in a different way.’ The group works to foster dialogue through holding movie screenings and conducting monthly flyer campaigns that focus on specific issues such as autism and obsessive compulsive disorder. Events like Ability to Express, where participants come together to share what having a disability means to them, aim to provide students with an outlet for expression.”

Three New Clubs Join SAC Lineup
The Hoya | September 2011

“Diversability — an organization dedicated to increasing disability awareness and updating the conception of the term ‘disability’ — had been operating in semesters previous. Jeffrey Kosmo (MSB ’12), the club’s president, said that one of the best things about the organization is that members can get as involved as they would like without reserving a huge amount of their busy schedule.”

Blind Students Oppose Colleges’ Use of Gmail
The Hoya | March 2011

“The National Federation of the Blind filed a complaint to multiple universities last week, calling their use of Google programs like those used by Georgetown discriminatory toward blind students. Both New York University and Northwestern University recently adopted Google Apps for Education, which provides each student with a Gmail account, according to a March 15 NFB press release. Georgetown has similar applications, requiring students to use Hoyamail, the campus email system hosted by Google. Hoyamail also provides access to other Google Apps for Education, including the calendar and Google Docs. These programs, including Gmail, are not compatible with text readers that convert written text into spoken words or Braille, according to the press release. As a result, blind students are unable to fully use these programs, a fact that poses problems for students at universities requiring use of Gmail.”

Diversability’s Second Art Night Promotes Awareness, Ability
The Hoya | February 2011

“Diversability held its second annual art night on Wednesday, inviting students to come together and express their views on ability and disability through pencils and paintbrushes. The student group seeks to raise awareness about issues of disability, including access and unfair assumptions. Started during the 2009-2010 school year, it was recently approved by the Student Activities Commission. With the walls of McShain Lounge covered in artwork from last year, Diversability volunteers stacked the tables with paper, paints and markers. Attendees were able to work on their own art contributions while discussing the setbacks that face students with disabilities and the alternative abilities that those persons develop. Some students simply wrote words or phrases on the large sheets of paper, while others painted or drew pictures.”

At Ease Amid Imperfection
The Hoya | May 2010

“In an era where we must keep at bay the capitalist greed that caused an economic meltdown, how can we be optimistic for radical change when Georgetown doesn’t even have programs for ethnic studies, LGBTQ studies, disability studies or an adequately supported program for women’s and gender studies? There is still so much work to be done, and we must not delude ourselves into thinking that we’ve come as far as we should have.”

Conversation Picks Up for Diversability
The Hoya | April 2010

“[Elisa] Dun said that she became involved with Diversability after finding the rest of the community lacking in drive to address ‘able-ism,’ which she defines as ‘discrimination against persons with disabilities.’ … Dun and [Tiffany] Yu both cited a lack of knowledge of disability issues as the primary cause of this apathy. ‘One question I’ve often been asked is, `Why should people care about this?’’ Yu said in an e-mail. ‘And that’s exactly why we’ve created this group. . Disability affects all of us, and we want to think of creative ways that students can start or continue the conversation.'”

‘Hate Free’ Week: Dispel Campus Prejudice
The Hoya | March 2010

“[Rick] Curry discussed the power of communication in addressing hate, drawing from his own experiences as an amputee. Curry founded the National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped, an international acting school for people with physical disabilities. He argued that humans are linked by the fact that they have flaws, that they are imperfect. Curry said many people avoid those with disabilities because they simply do not understand the differing perspective, describing any lack of active engagement with others as ‘sins of omission.’ For Dalvin Butler (COL ’13), Curry’s topic of disability discrimination offered lessons for other bases of prejudice. Butler said that the lack of dialogue about all types of discrimination only reinforced such intolerance. ‘We’re in a society where many people don’t talk about certain things of that nature,’ Butler said. ‘I do agree on how he made a parallel between how people in society treat the disabled and those who are homosexual.'”

City on a Hill: D.C., are you PC?
The Georgetown Voice | October 2009

“On Monday, the District government filed a lawsuit to take over two allegedly substandard group homes for the mentally disabled. It’s a commendable move by a government that sometimes fails to provide basic human services. However, if Mayor Adrian Fenty (D) and his administration are committed to helping the city’s mentally disabled, they should start by striking the phrase ‘mentally retarded’ from the city government. Just a brief cruise of District websites reveals how far this outmoded term has permeated through D.C. government. There’s the Department of Disability Services’s Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Administration, and the D.C. Superior Court has a mental health and mental retardation division. Even Attorney General Peter Nickles’s biography touts his work with ‘mentally retarded residents.'”

Student Sues M St. Bar for Discrimination
The Georgetown Voice | September 2009

“Georgetown student and wheelchair user Taylor Price (MSB ’10) has filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against Mr. Smith’s bar, located on 3104 M Street NW, for ordering him to leave the bar the night of January 23, 2009. According to court documents, Price is seeking $75,000 in compensatory damages. Price and his lawyer denied that they are suing for a specific amount of damages and declined to comment further. Price said that around 11:15 p.m. last January, he went to Mr. Smith’s with some friends, as he had a number of times before. Almost immediately upon entering the bar, the manager stopped him and asked him where he was going. ‘He told me I was not allowed to [go to the back] because the bar was too crowded and that I was a fire hazard,’ Price said. ‘That absolutely shocked me, that someone would be thinking about saying that, or that those words would come to his mind.’ When the manager asked Price to remain in a corner in the front of the bar, Price refused. A bouncer escorted him from the premises. Price said that once he was outside, he watched the bouncers let in other able-bodied people, after they had told him that the bar was too crowded to accommodate him. ‘That’s when I felt that I was completely discriminated against, and it was absolutely unacceptable treatment,’ Price said.”

Former Hoya Runner Stands Stronger Than Most
The Georgetown Voice | April 2009

“A runner’s pre-race routine typically includes a quick shoe and uniform check. For Aimee Mullins (SFS ’98), the standard list included one more item: her legs. In 1996, Mullins qualified for the 100- and 200-meter races in the Big East Championships. Like the rest of her competitors in the 100-meters, Mullins lined up at the starting line, waited for the gun to sound, and sprung into action as soon as the signal crackled through the air. About 80 meters into the race, however, Mullins’s right leg slipped off, and she crashed to the ground. Unlike the rest of her ‘able’-bodied competitors, Mullins was born without fibula bones and had her legs amputated from the knee down right after she was born, forcing her to wear prosthetics for the rest of her life. Instead of letting her disability stop her, Mullins now runs and walks on custom-made carbon graphite legs formed in the shape akin to that of a cheetah’s hind leg. Though her prosthetic legs have carried Mullins on an extraordinary life journey, her Big East racing trauma looms large in her mind.”

Cura Personalis in Reverse Overdrive
The Georgetown Voice | February 2008

“Adam Briscoe feels like a square peg in a round hole when it comes to academic life at Georgetown. When he asked two of his professors if he could take their midterms orally, they agreed. According to Briscoe, the Director of the Academic Resource Center, Jane Holahan, did not. She said that he had never requested that accommodation; Briscoe said he had been trying to get the ARC to allow him to take oral exams instead of written ones for the past year, but they told him it would be too much of a burden on his professors. He failed both the midterms and the classes, and at the end of the semester was asked to withdraw from the University for the second time. ‘In a lot of ways you feel that you’ve been, I don’t want to say taken advantage of, but in a way that’s what it is,’ Briscoe said. ‘They say that they’re going to help you and that they’re going to provide the assistance necessary to succeed. And you give 100 percent and they take your money and hang you out to dry. It’s cura personalis in reverse overdrive. It’s a square peg in a round hole. And thus far the University has demanded that ADD students become round pegs and has no assistance in maybe squaring up some of their own hole-iness.'”

Pluralism in Action?
The Georgetown Voice | January 2008

“One idea [Rob] Hurtekant has discussed with [Jane] Holahan during his time at Georgetown is the creation of a group for students with disabilities. Although he thinks it could be an important resource, he also wonders “if it’s effective to lump everyone together.” Hurtekant explains that “even within the group of what people call ‘disabilities’ it’s very disparate.” Each person has a diverse experience, including those people with learning or mental disabilities. Having used a wheelchair for most of his life, Hurtekant notes that his perspective would probably be different from someone who started using one recently. … Hurtekant said that he has only had minor problems at Georgetown because of the physical landscape and its infrastructure, and that other students ‘help too much, if anything,’ with everyday actions such as opening doors. One thing he does want people to think about is the language they use to describe disabilities. ‘I’ll call someone out if they say I’m ‘confined’ to a wheelchair, or even ‘in’ a wheelchair…I’m not in it all the time,’ he said. ‘Parking enforcement gave me a speeding ticket as a joke for going down the hill by New South too fast, I’m not confined to anything.'”

Disabled Students Seek Changes
The Georgetown Voice | November 2002

“According to Jen Howitt (SFS ‘05), who attended the meeting, students met with the administrators because many had experienced difficulties in getting around campus, including elevator outages and the absence of clearly marked routes for physically disabled students. According to Howitt, the goal of effective accessibility is independence. Kim Patterson (CAS ‘04), who also attended the meeting, said that she was stranded in White Gravenor earlier this fall when the elevator malfunctioned. ‘I can always find someone to help me or to hold a door for me, but I don’t always like to,’ Patterson said. ‘What some people don’t realize is that when the elevators aren’t working, there’s no way to get to and from class. No one should have to miss class because an elevator isn’t working.’ Patterson said that she has seen little change in on campus accessibility for students in wheelchairs. Although Patterson said the meeting was helpful for communicating concerns directly to the director of facilities, she said that each concern was met by an explanation. Patterson said that she used to take many of her concerns to University administrators, but has stopped actively reporting complaints because it is a bigger hassle than it’s worth when changes are not made. ‘I don’t really know if [disability access] is a priority for the University,’ Patterson said.”

There Are Disabled Hoyas, Too
The Georgetown Voice | October 2002

“Most Georgetown students are not at the mercy of broken elevators, sullied ramps, unmarked paths or complex directions when going to classes, dorms or the cafeteria. Physically disabled students shouldn’t be either, but the University’s record of providing adequate accessibility for mobility impaired students is mixed, if not dismal. Although Georgetown cannot lawfully discourage students with disabilities from applying or attending the school, a visiting student who is physically disabled would quickly take a hint. Visitor’s Center staff are not trained to provide disability-friendly directions, callous bike riders abuse the rules regarding ramp usage and some elevators have repeatedly broken down this semester. Beer cans obstruct access to wheelchair ramps and GUTS bus lifts malfunction on a regular basis.”