The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The Cathedral of Learning.

‘Disability is inevitable’: CGS adds new Disability Studies certificate

By Pamela Smith, Contributing Editor February 3, 2023
Pitt’s College of General Studies introduced a Disability Studies certificate program last semester. The certificate is 18 credits, and includes courses from eight different departments — all courses focus at least a quarter of their content on disability topics.
Pitt’s ASL club poses for a photo.

Pitt provides ASL interpreting services

By Leanna Chae, Staff Writer January 11, 2022
Pitt provides students with resources — such as live captioning or ASL interpreting — for a better experience in classrooms and other settings.
Sen. Bob Casey gave a virtual lecture Monday titled “Disability Policy: Beyond the Pandemic” about the effects of COVID-19 on the disabled community, monitored by Chancellor Emeritus Mark Nordenberg.

‘We must do better’: Sen. Bob Casey talks disability policy and COVID-19

By Allison Radziwon, Staff Writer September 14, 2021
Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., gave a virtual lecture Monday about the effects of COVID-19 on the disabled community, titled “Disability Policy: Beyond the Pandemic,” as part of the Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law & Public Policy.
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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