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ACES Taxonomy  (Research based)

The Accessible Campus Environment Survey (ACES) was developedas a tool designed to evaluate campus accessibility from a student perspective and covers a broad array of post-secondary student experiences. ACES was designed to be presented through the use of a software program called X-Fact, utilizing a scaling strategy known as Trichotomous Tailored Sub-branching Scaling (TTSS). It is presented here as an Excel chart with definitions of activities and scoring option.

Margaret Kastener, MS, Denis Anson, MS, Aura M. Hirschman, MS, Roger O. Smith, PhD, OT, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

ACES Taxonomy  (Excel Document)

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It took me several years of struggling with the heavy door to my building, sometimes having to wait until a person stronger came along, to realize that the door was an accessibility problem, not only for me, but for others as well. And I did not notice, until one of my students pointed it out, that the lack of signs that could be read from a distance at my university forced people with mobility impairments to expend a lot of energy unnecessarily, searching for rooms and offices. Although I have encountered this difficulty myself on days when walking was exhausting to me, I interpreted it, automatically, as a problem arising from my illness (as I did with the door), rather than as a problem arising from the built environment having been created for too narrow a range of people and situations.

Susan Wendell, author of
The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability