ACCESS-ed Resource Description

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SCAN-IT  (Research based)

The Student Campus Accessibility Needs Information Tool (SCAN-IT), is a consumer driven assessment tool to gather data at the student-level concerning campus accessibility experiences and challenges. The survey evolved into the current SCAN-IT over several iterations, including validation as the Accessible Campus Environment Survey (ACES), also found on this website. It is presented here as an Excel chart, though it is intended for use in a software program called X-FACT, which utilizes a scaling strategy called Trichotomous Tailored Sub-branching Scaling (TTSS).

Dennis Tomashek, MS, Aura M. Hirschman, MS, Roger O. Smith, PhD, OT, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

SCAN-IT 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