Disabled UCF Students Overcoming Obstacles: Pursuit of Independence

Disabled Students Overcome the Challenges of College

Meet three undergraduates who are determined to earn their college degrees.

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Spring 2014

A siren interrupted Mary Mann’s diversity class. The fire alarm flashed as students rushed for the second-floor stairwell in the Health and Public Affairs Building. In her motorized wheelchair, Sarah Goldman didn’t move. The elevator — off limits during a fire — offered no escape.

“I started to panic,” recalls Goldman, who was born with a form of cerebral palsy called spastic quadriplegia. [...]

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