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USC graduate student relying on wheel chair struggles up steep hills around campus.

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Student Disability Services offers bus transportation to class for those needing extra assistance. Student Disability Services offers bus transportation to class for those needing extra assistance.
Jay Michaels is a USC graduate student. He pushes up two steep hills everyday to get to class. Jay Michaels is a USC graduate student. He pushes up two steep hills everyday to get to class.

 By: Laura Smith 

Steep hills on the USC campus can often make getting to class a bit of a workout. For the disabled who rely on wheel chairs,  its even more of a struggle to make it to the top of the hill.

"I have to get here hours before in order to get a handicap spot and then I have to push my wheel chair up two steep hills and it takes it out of me,"said graduate student Jay Michael

After fifteen surgeries and spinal cord problems, Michael relies on his wheel chair to get around campus.

Disability services says there are just some things that can't be changed.

"Its not an easy campus to get around but we can't bulldoze the hills. We are limited to what we can do to fix our building's because they are old and in order to keep the historic structure while making it more wheel chair accessible, its difficult," said Director for USC student disability service, Karen Pettus.

Disability Services works with students dealing with all sorts of disabilities and focuses on accommodating students needs around campus. Their building is off Greene Street in the LeConte College building. 

Ironically, the disability service office is one of the worst building's to access around campus. 

"We have two accessible parking spots at the front but the entrance has stairs. That means they have to wheel around the back to enter the automatic door," said Pettus.  

Construction at LeConte College is also closing access to the back of the building. 

Disability Services offers bus transportation and will pick up those unable to drive or walk to class. 

An elevator is currently being installed between the Coliseum and Darla Moore Business School to make it easier to get to class.

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