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Legal Issues Surrounding Housing and Residential Life

This article by Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D. addresses the ADA legal issues surrounding both college housing along with typical residential life. Burgstahler addresses key areas of concern, offers general guidance, and provides resources regarding disability access issues.

DO-IT, Washington University

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