Slowly Enabling the Disabled

Universities in Brazil and other countries are working harder to accommodate handicaps, but many challenges remain

Alan do Bofim feels his way through the crowded hallways of the State University of Rio de Janeiro, his retractable cane scratching at the concrete floor. Every few minutes he pauses to get his bearings. With the help of a fellow student, he finally locates his criminal-law classroom and eases into a desk in the front row.

Navigating the zigzagging corridors is one