Exhibit at USC could prompt accessibility changes around campus

Exhibit at USC could prompt accessibility changes around campus

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Seven students at the University of South Carolina are using photography as a means to create change.

Among them is Kathryn Simmons. The USC graduate student is seen in one photograph climbing the steps of the Russell House with her rollator.

"I've experienced so many obstacles on campus," Simmons said. "Even from the very first semester I got here."

The photo, accompanied by a poem written by Simmons, is just one of many that can be found in the gallery of McKissick Museum on campus for a project called PhotoVoice.

Other student photographers with disabilities point out other issues on campus from uneven bricks to hard-to-use handicapped parking spots. One student even pointed out that, sometimes, food ingredients aren't readily available at campus dining halls.

"There's still a lot more that needs to be done," USC Student Disability Service Director Karen Pettus said. "And we just need to make people more aware of the issues that people with disabilities run across on a daily basis."

With some buildings from the 1800s, it's a work in progress for Pettus. Nevertheless, she said these photos will make a difference.

"I think there will be some meetings and discussions with different people on campus on ways we can improve," Pettus said. "They have told me that, you know, some of the sidewalks, some of the ramps, and things will be fixed."

And that's good news for Simmons.

"A lot of people just go about their lives," Simmons said. "And they don't even think about these things."

The photo exhibit will be on display at McKissick through mid-May.

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