来自阿联酋的坦维尔·曼苏尔·赛义德（Tanveer Mansur Syed）是美国大约82万国际学生当中的一个。他目前在乔治·华盛顿大学（George Washington University）攻读中学生物教育硕士学位。
赛义德法定视盲，因此他的校园经历与一般学生不太一样。但由于有《美国残疾人法》（Americans with Disabilities
Tanveer Mansur Syed, from the United Arab Emirates, is one of an estimated 820,000 international students in the United States. He attends George Washington University, where he’s pursuing a master’s degree in secondary-education biology.
He’s also legally blind, so his campus experience isn’t quite the
same as the average student’s. But thanks to accommodations for the
disabled that were mandated by theAmericans with Disabilities
George Washington University is very supportive, “providing me with
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“I can actually read chapters of these textbooks, which are required for class, so that I can go in [the classroom] as prepared as the other people,” he explains. The device even reads the text aloud, “so I can just pretty much close my eyes and listen.”
For Syed, a typical day involves making his way through city streets — an activity made easier for the visually impaired by the presence of pole-mounted crosswalk machines. Syed can press a button on the machine, which instructs him to wait when cars are passing and advises him when it’s safe to cross to the other side.
“Even certain features, such as it constantly beeping, it lets the person with visual impairment know where the designated crossing area is,” he says.
When he enters or exits a building, he can use ramps, which are safer for him than stairs. And once inside a building, he finds “a lot of elevator systems … have tactile features as well as Braille features.”
Since its passage in 1990, the ADA — which prohibits discrimination
against the disabled — has made it possible for people with
disabilities to go
Syed says he benefits each day from a campus environment shaped by ADA regulations: “As an international student, I’ve always heard that America is the land of opportunity, so this [ADA] system … provides people with disability that [same] opportunity and equal treatment as people without disabilities.”
In the United States, “people with disabilities are … valued as citizens. The ADA should be congratulated and applauded for that.”