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SNU’s Barrier Free Tour

  • November 23, 2016
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Students gathered for mapping the campus for those with disabilities
Students gathered for mapping the campus for those with disabilities

SNU’s Gwanak campus has been well known not only for being located on a mountain but also for being the largest university campus in the country. With its sprawl and complex layout, the SNU campus is difficult to navigate, and especially so for those students with disabilities. In order to alleviate this problem, the SNU Global Philanthropy Group has recently collaborated with a group of students and instructors from the Yonsei University Rehabilitation School to create a “barrier free campus tour.”

Barrier Free is a project that strives to help overcome the physical and institutional obstacles of seniors as well as those with disabilities. Barrier Free hopes to help remove any difficulties that these people face in their day-to-day lives at SNU.

The tour was organized by the TurnToAble, a disabled students’ group
The tour was organized by the TurnToAble, a disabled students’ group

The tour, which has been offered on Gwanak campus for the past three months is led by a total of 26 guides including members from the SNU human rights group TurnToAble, the Tourism and Culture Institute for the Disabled, and the Community Mapping Center. The guides point out relevant features of the campus such the varying conditions of the many roads and paths of the campus, the accessibility of buildings, and the location of the bathrooms for the disabled. Barrier Free has also created an alternative campus map highlighting these features. The tour also includes various options such as the “school-life experience course,” the “photo course,” and the “five senses satisfaction course”.

A member of the Global Philanthropy Group stated that, “a map designed to increase convenience for the disabled is the first of its kind in Korea.” The tour is not limited to those with disabilities but also any open to anyone wishing to take the tour. The Barrier Free map can be found at the SNU Disability Support Center as well as the SNU Global Philanthropy Group.

Written by: Yu Young Jin, SNU English Editor coin1234@snu.ac.kr
Proofread by: Professor Travis Smith, Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations tlsmith@snu.ac.kr

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