Making PTS More Accessible
PTS trustee Ginny Thornburgh checks out the new signs.
Seven new disability signs have been added to the PTS campus, with
hopes of more accessibility for the physically disabled who attend or
visit the Seminary.
These signs can be found to the right of the main entrances of the
Administration Building, the Mackay Campus Center, Templeton Hall, Stuart
Hall, Speer Library, Tennent Hall, and, in the near future, Miller Chapel.
They will help anyone who is disabled to locate accessible entrances,
restrooms, elevators, TTY/TTD (teletypewriter/telecommunication device for
the deaf) telephones, and more. The signs are pictographic with some text.
According to Ginny Thornburgh, a PTS trustee and mother of a disabled son,
A sign is proof that the Seminary cares and welcomes all people, with or
without a disability. Her hopes are that this will help PTS to recruit
faculty, staff, and qualified students with disabilities, as well as to
better equip future religious leaders to serve, and serve with, people
with disabilities in churches and in communities.
Also new to the campus is a permanent TTY/TTD telephone at the main
switchboard, which will receive incoming calls from individuals who need
to contact particular offices. A portable TTY/TTD will then be hooked up
in the office that needs to receive the call. This enables a two-way
conversation to take place.
In addition, TTY/TTD
telephone keyboards are installed on five public telephones throughout the
campus. These telephones are located in Tennent Hall, Speer Library,
Stuart Hall, the Mackay Campus Center, and Templeton Hall.
These changes are a result of an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)
audit done five years ago, and a subsequent master plan for implementing
changes at PTS.