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ACCESS-ed offers the entire higher education community quick and easy solutions to challenges they may face when creating an inclusive campus.

The ACCESS-ed Website presents products and resources for universal design on post-secondary campuses. In addition to our own products, the website includes universal design resources from other available sources to provide you with a comprehensive array of information and resources.

An emphasis of the website is dissemination of universal design information on campuses, particularly through unique campus networks of DARCs (Departmental Accessibility Resource Coordinators). A how-to manual is available on the ACCESS-ed Website for campuses to replicate the DARC system and adapt it to their unique circumstances.

One of the focus areas of the R2D2 Center, where the ACCESS-ed Website and the UD ITEACH Project are based, is measurement. The R2D2 Center philosophy states that good assessments help identity and clarify needs, diagnose exact problems and set the stage for better design. Thus, evaluation tools become important change agents. Tools, such as the AUDITs, have been developed with attention to measurement of campus accessibility as a strategy to improve the education of students with disabilities, in particular, and consequently for everyone on campus, be they student, staff, or other consumer. We believe that

“Design Including People with Disabilities is Better Design for Everyone.”

Let us know what you think! We are always interested in your feedback regarding our website and the available resources, so please register with us and make use of the “comments” feature to comment on specific resources. Please utilize our Feedback Form or our contact information to inform us of any issues with the website; to let us know how you found the site helpful to your work; or to suggest new resources for development, or other great resources you know of for promoting the universal design of campuses.

Thanks for visiting the ACCESS-ed Website!

New information and communications technologies can improve the quality of life for people with disabilities, but only if such technologies are designed from the beginning so that everyone can use them. Given the explosive growth in the use of the World Wide Web for publishing, electronic commerce, lifelong learning and the delivery of government services, it is vital that the Web be accessible to everyone.

Bill Clinton