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Chloe Shearer, a statistician with the Human Engineering Research Laboratory in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, started the Pitt Disability Community in January.

New Pitt Disability Community creates a group for faculty and staff with disabilities

By Elizabeth Primrose, Staff Writer April 7, 2021
Chloe Shearer was shocked upon being hired last November to find that Pitt did not have a faculty and staff community group for people with disabilities. So she took it upon herself to start one.
Heather Tomko, a graduate student at Pitt’s School of Public Health, advocates for public health to put additional focus on accessibility.

Grad student Heather Tomko fights for accessibility in Pittsburgh

By Ashton Crawley, Staff Writer November 19, 2019
For grad student Heather Tomko, the fight for accessibility comes down to daily tasks, such as getting coffee, that can be impossible for some with disabilities.
Starship’s food delivery robots have been criticized for creating difficulties at crosswalks for wheelchair-using students.

Starship issues new statement after reviewing footage of viral incident on Forbes crosswalk

By Emily Wolfe, News Editor October 22, 2019
A Starship spokesman said the video showed Emily Ackerman traveling “past the robot without stopping" in her wheelchair.
Autistic rights activist and writer Lydia Brown discusses the unseen difficulties that living with disability can present Sunday night. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Visual Editor)

Lydia Brown discusses disability advocacy

By Briana Canady | Staff Writer February 19, 2018

When Lydia Brown asked audience members if they understand what disability rights are and if they know the difference between disability rights and disability justice only about six or seven people out...

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