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Student Taxonomy for Higher Education - Sample

Students need to perform many tasks as part of their post-secondary education and can encounter challenges or accessibility barriers with any one or set of these tasks. In theory, identifying and assessing the success or barriers encountered by a student will inform areas of needed intervention, including accommodations or campus design solutions. Two important strategic procedures have driven the student behavior analyses for this taxonomy development:concepts from industrial engineering task analysis and occupational therapy activity analysis. This taxonomy was the first iteration of what became ACES and then SCAN-IT (both of which are found on this website).

ACCESS-ed Project - Stephanie Siegler, BS, & Roger O. Smith, PhD, OT

Taxonomy: Student Tasks in Post-Secondary Education  (PDF File) (ACCESS-ed)

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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