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About Cougar print. (Oregon City, Oregon) 1976-1977 | View Entire Issue (Nov. 11, 1976)
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By Lenna Fitch
When all else fails, one takes his burden
"Hope it works. . .or we'll start a war,"
d Mike Ayers, student body president.
The Clackamas Community College Asso-
iteg Student Government (ASG) voted
lanimously to support Bonnie Nelson. She
an art major confined to a wheelchair
th Multiple Sclerosis, who's been denied
¡ual access to classes.
"The board should take the initiative in
Iving the problem," said Jerry Bellavita,
sistapt to the student body president.
Bonnie Nelson is on the agenda of the
ov. 10 CCC Board of Education meeting,
he board meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second
lednesday of each month and students are
icouraged to attend.
Even though the law requires that all
ideral and state institutions make their
acilities safe and accessible to handicapped
ersons (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation
act), Nelson found 17 stairs between her
nd two of her art classes at Smuckers.
She declined the many offers of help
ecause of the risks involved in being carried
ip and down the steep staircase in a wheel
She hopes to see a wheel chair lift in-
tailed. The Montgomery Elevator Company
istimates the cost of this installation to be
aetween $5,000 and $6,000.
"That doesn't seem like a lot of money,"
;aid Nelson, "when we consider that the
school can afford a "goof off" room in the
Community Center with 3 pool tables, 4
foosball tables, and 4 pin ball machines. . .
let alone the cost of the room. . .the tile,
the paneling and fixtures. At the same time
they deny handicapped students an educa
Shortly after enrollment this fall, Nelson
made her problem known to the admini
stration. CCC President John Hakanson said
thaaevery attempt would be made to correct
"But I still can't get up the stairs," said
Nelson made arrangements with CCC art
instructor Leland John, to do outside assign
ments in painting and drawing, but said she
pays tuition and has a right to in-class
John said that she does very well. He
suggested that since she is in this district,
perhaps CCC could pay her tuition to another
college until the situation is corrected.
One factor to be considered is whether it
Photo by Brian Snook
"Smiling Jack" White demonstrates the expertise that has put him among the best pool
players in the world. (For related story and photos, see page 5.)
would be practical to install a lift in a
building as old as Smuckers.
"‘'Tie building isn't expected to be in use
by the art department for more than 5 years,"
Jerry Bellavita argues that the figure
should be more like 10 years.
Julie Bauch, secretary to Donald Fisher,
Developmental Planner of CCC, said that all
the buildings constructed by the college
have ramps for the handicapped, and ramps
are added where needed.
Fisher said that he was notified recently
that there was a need for a ramp in one of
the trailers. "We had one up in two days."
Fisher said that his office has made an
extensive research into the feasibility of
either a ramp or a chair lift. He said that an
enclosed outside elevator for wheelchairs
only, would be the most feasible because the
hallway is not wide enough to accommodate
an inside lift. The cost would be about the
He expressed the possibility, but explained
that the cost of an elevator had not been
budgeted for, and would have to be approved
by the board.
Meanwhile, Nelson has called Salem and
countless other places.
"Everyone I talked to was willing to give
me another person to talk to. All I got was
a lot of frustration."
She wrote Senator Bob Packwood, who
contacted Dave Backman, co-ordinator of
the disadvantaged and handicapped in Ore
gon. He told Nelson he'd look into the mat
ter and that was the last she heard.
"If I can't get something done about it
at the board meeting, I'm going to engage
in a suit," Nelson concluded.
"If the board doesn't support the stu
dents, the students may not support the
board," said Mike Ayers, ASG president.
If ASG were willing to share the cost,
Bonnie Jones, Chairman of the CCC Board
of Education, said that it would show that
they are genuinely interested in the student