History 303: Research and Writing Seminar in History
This paper examines Cal Poly’s response to the 1973 Rehabilitation Act in the decade that followed. Cal Poly’s response, while passionate, was still mediocre as compared with other campuses within the California State University system. Cal Poly’s efforts to create an accessible campus fall comfortably into the timeline implied by federal legislation and national trends, although the fact that 11 other California State Universities established organizations to provide services for disabled students shows that Cal Poly was far from a leader among its peers. This is not to say that Cal Poly’s response to the issue to disabled students was entirely subpar, though, as Cal Poly’s spending toward the removal of architectural barriers compared favorably to any other CSU, and in fact far outstripped many.