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In Latin, ADSUM means “I Am Here”

  • ADSUM was organized and founded in 1988, out of profound discrimination against students with disabilities in higher education.
  • Physical inaccessibility was the primary stimulus in the creation of ADSUM, however many other forms of access have always been on our agenda.
  • The University in 1988 hired Jim Marks who was the first “disability student advisor”; Jim worked to create what is now the U of M Disability Student Services, modeled from the work of the Rolling Quads from Berkeley University. 

Old Kaimin Headlines

  • UM Access Lousy, Students Say (Oct. 14th 1988)
  • Preliminary OCR Report Says

UM Violated Disabled Students Rights (Fall 1989)

Student Files Class Action against UM (1989)p>

  • Students Must be OCR’s Watchdog (1990)
  • Are We Here to Play or to Learn? (1990)
  • House Approved Disability Legislation (1990)
  • OCR to investigate complaints (1990)
  • ADSUM Still Seeks Access (1991)
  • UM Has Long Way to go to Ensure Access for Disabled Says ADSUM Member (1992)

ADSUM Protests for Building Accessibility (1992)

Former Student Found Dorms a Living Nightmare (1994)

  • Due to inaccessibility of dorms had to live on the men’s floor and use the men’s bathroom.
  • Skipped meals often because sometimes the wheelchair lift for food zoo stopped working.
  • Dropped out of school related to the stress.

ADSUM Seeks to Put the Brakes on Bike Parking Problem (2001)


Questions of Access: Group Takes Issue with Initial Plans for New Student Apartment Complex (2001)

  • Access is the means by which students with disabilities participate in University programs and activities. Access at the U of M is a civil right.

The Fight Continues

  • There have been improvements over the years, but there remain several areas that are not in compliance at the UM. Some current issues include:
  • Access to certain buildings.
  • Lack of Accessible Entrances \ Exits.
  • Lack of elevators \ Vertical Paths of Travel.
  • Transit Access Features.
  • Assistive listening devices for all buildings for the hard of hearing
  • web accessibility for students with print disabilities.
  • You might know how inaccessibility affects you:
  • But how does it affect others?
  • How can accessibility be improved?
  • Who do I have to work with to make change?
  • What does the law provide, and what are the responsibilities of the University System?
  • ADSUM is part of a survival strategy to connect new students with resources to break through their barriers.
  • How to work with DSS
  • How to bring concerns to the ADA team
  • When to contact OCR and file a complaint
  • How to decipher ADAAG (Accessibility Guidelines)
  • How to work with other systems like Vocational Rehabilitation (VR).
  • Tips on being a student while handling SSI, SSDI problems.

Don’t do it alone.

  • Many students come to the University not knowing most of what they need to survive, much less 'Thrive'.
  • Students at ADSUM want to educated students with disabilities and the campus community about what equal access looks like, and the larger implications of living in a society that values the participation of all individuals. 
  • For 25 years ADSUM has been advocating for solutions to help students with disabilities 'Survive'!

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