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Equivalent Text Descriptions

Universally designed documents, slides, videos, etc require additional preparation to make them accessible to all individuals. Equivalent text descriptions (EqTD’s) provide written descriptions of graphic elements. While it is typical to think of this process as an accommodation for blind individuals, EqTD’s help individuals with low vision, cognitive or perceptual limitations as well as the student who does not speak English as a primary language, or who may not have completely understood the purpose of a graphic in a lecture. The location of EqTD’s may vary. On this page it is demonstrated that EqTD’s may be placed in a separate location with a copy of the graphic, a method that allows for bi-modal learning.

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Charts and Graphs

Diagram representing the A3 Theoretical Model. The A3 diagram

This graph or diagram serves is a representation of the A3 Model, a theoretical model that demonstrates how organizations provide services for the inclusion of people with disabilities. A progression (over time) is seen with three phases; the first where the organization is using primarily an advocacy approach, then a primarily accommodation approach, and then attending to accessibility of the environment as being the primary approach to including people with disabilites. Each phase includes all three approaches, but in varying amounts, over time, with the optimal phase being accessibility.

Photographs

A photograph shows awkward posture of a tall student standing at a too low computer kiosk. Photo of Computer Kiosk Accessibility Blooper

A photograph of a  student bent over to view the screen of a wall mounted computer monitor demonstrates an "Accessibility Blooper"

A photograph shows a misplaced pole in the middle of a curb-cut. Photo of Curb-Cut Accessibility Blooper

A photograph of a utility pole that obstructs a curb-cut on an urban street corner serves as an example of an "accessibility blooper".

Drawings and Illustrations

Drawing representing the grounds, physical plant, and transportation section of virtual campus. Grounds, Physical Plant, Transportation Graphic

The image of a building with smokestacks provides a quick visual reference for the grounds, physical plant, and transportation section of the virtual campus.

Illustration represents virtual campus Library section. Illustration of a Library

This graphic of a modernistic building provides a quick visual reference for the Library section of the virtual campus, where one can find related library or information sciences universal design resources.

Illustration represents the Podcast Section of resources. Illustration of a Podcast

An illustration of an hand-held size audio player device with headphones is shown, providing a quick visual reference to the Podcasts section of the website.

Illustration of a monitor screen with "talking head" represents a video resource. Illustration of a Video

This graphic of a persons face seen on a TV monitor provides a quick visual reference to the video resource section of the website.

Illustration of the campus administration building. Illustration of Administration Building

An illustration of a building representing an administration center found on a typical college campus serves as a quick visual reference for the administration building of the virtual campus, where one can find related resources.

 

Illustration of a campus arts and humanities building. Illustration of Arts and Humanities Building

An illustration of a building represents the Art and Humanities Department centers found on typical college campuses. The graphic is used on this webpage as a quick visual reference for the Arts and Humanities section of the ACCESS-ed Virtual Campus, where related universal design resources can be found.

Image of AUDIT word and excel documents represents AUDIT section of website. Illustration of AUDITs

An illustration of  two overlapped documents, provides a glimpse of what the AUDIT score sheet and tutorial look like. The image represents a header for the AUDIT resources..

A screen-shot of a questionnaire represents the Forms Section of the website. Illustration of Forms

An illustration of a blank questionnaire within a computer monitor provides a quick visual reference to the Forms webpage.

Illustration represents Geography Section of the Virtual Campus. Illustration of Geography Building

An illustration of a building representing the Geography Department found on typical college campuses. This graphic is used as a quick visual reference for the Geography Section of the Accessible Virtual Campus, where related universal design resources can be found.

An illustration representing the information technology resources section of the website. Illustration of Information Technology Center

An illustration of a building representing the Information Technology Center found on typical college campuses. This graphic serves as a quick visual reference for the Information Technology webpage where related universal design resources can be found.

Image of PowerPoint handouts represents a variety of PowerPoint resources. Illustration of PowerPoint Handouts

An illustration of two PowerPoint handouts is used to provide a visual reference for the PowerPoint Presentations section of the website.

An illustration represents the viewing of a Powerpoint presentation. Illustration of PowerPoint Presentation

An illustration of an individual giving a presentation to a large group of people in an auditorium using PowerPoint. This illustration provides a quick visual reference to the PowerPoint section of the website.

Illustration of a student dorm represents student housing section of virtual campus. Illustration of Residential Housing

A building representing a student dormitory found on a typical college campus. This illustration provides a quick visual reference for the Residential Housing section of the virtual campus, where one can find related resources for accessibility.

Illustration representing the Social Sciences section of the virtual campus. Illustration of Social Sciences Building

A building representing the Social Sciences programs of study found on typical college campuses. The graphic is used as a quick visual reference for the Social Sciences section of the ACCESS-ed Virtual Campus, where several related universal design resources are found.

Illustration representing Sports and Recreation section of virtual campus. Illustration of Sports and Recreation Buildings

An athletic stadium and accompanying building represent the recreation or athletic center found on a typical college campus. This illustration provides a quick visual reference to the Sports and Recreation section of the Accessible Virtual Campus, where related universal design resources are found.

Illustration of two Word documents represents Strategies & Protocols Section of website. Illustration of Strategies & Protocols Documents

An illustration of two Word documents represents the Strategies & Protocols Section of website. The graphic is a quick visual reference for the Strategies & Protocols section of the website, where one can find universal design resources.

Illustration representing the Student Services section of virtual campus. Illustration of Student Services

A building representing a student services center found on a typical college campus. This graphic provides a quick visual reference to the Student Services section of the website, where resources for the universal design of services can be found.

Illustration  representing the virtual campus student union section of website. Illustration of Student Union

A building representing a student union center found on a typical college campus. This illustration provides a quick visual reference for the Student Union section of the website, where universal design resources are found that are related to union activities and buildings.

Illustration of a hand feeling a tactile map represents Tactile Diagrams section of website. Illustration of Tactile Diagrams

An illustration of a tactile map being touched by a hand provides a quick visual reference for the Tactile Diagrams section of the website.

Illustration of a stack of generic textbooks represents Text Section. Illustration of Texts

An illustration of textbooks stacked on top of another provides a quick visual reference for the Texts section of the website.

Illustration of a variety of buildings represents the Virtual Campus. Illustration of The Virtual Campus

A cluster of colorful campus buildings provides a quick visual reference to the Virtual Campus section of the website.

Illustration of three ACCESS-ed Posterette documents represents Posterette Section. Illustration of Tip Sheets & Posterettes

The illustration is used in this website to provide a glimpse of what the Posterettes look like as well as a quick visual reference for the Tip Sheets & Posterettes section of the website.

An illustration of an open briefcase represents the TUSK  usability screening kit. Illustration of TUSK (Usability Screening Kit)

An open black suitcase reveals the contents of a Trace Usability and Screening Kit (TUSK). Inside the suitcase are several tools used for testing assessing the accessibility of products to users with a variety of abilities.

Illustration of a few active video monitor screens representing the Videos section. Illustration of Videos

This illustration of video monitor screens playing different videos provides a quick visual reference for the Video section of the website.

An illustration represents Web Pages section of website. Illustration of Web Pages

This illustration of a screen shot of a web page provides a quick visual reference to the Web pages section of the website, where one can find related universal design resources.

Illustration of a lecture represents the Lecture Section of the website. Illustration Representing a Lecture

This illustration of a person giving a presentation provides a quick visual reference to the Lecture section of the website.

Illustration of a group of generic college buildings represents Academic Departments Section. Illustration Representing Academic Departments

An Illustration of a cluster of 5 varied buildings represents where college classes are taught. This graphic provides a quick visual reference for the Academic Departments section of the Accessible Virtual Campus which has many universal design resources.

An illustration representing the Distance Learning section of the Virtual Campus. Illustration Representing Distance Learning

A computer graphic illustration of a laptop computer provides a quick visual reference for the Distance Learning webpage.

Illustrations representing Instructional Methods section of the website. Illustration Representing Instructional Methods

A computer graphic illustration with a cluster of six parts showing different instructonal methods, including lecture, testing, labs, distance learning, fieldwork / internships, and texts. The full illustration provides a quick visual for the Teaching Methods section of the website, where resources for applying universal design in teaching are available.

Illustration of a microscope and a flask represents the Lab section of website. Illustration Representing Labs

An illustration representing a microscope and Erlenmeyer flask, frequently used for experiments in chemistry or science labs on college campuses. This illustration is used as a quick visual reference for the Labs section of the website where one can find related universal design resources for the accessibility of labs.

A group of computer graphic images representing the Media and Materials section of website. Illustration Representing Media & Materials

This computer graphic illustration contains seven separate images representing seven types of materials and media utilized on a college campus. The illustration provides a quick visual reference for the Learning Materials section of the website, which includes many universal design resources for teaching and learning.

An illustration provides representation of Posters & Exhibits section of website. Illustration Representing Posters & Exhibits

An illustration of three people at a conference poster presentation provides a quick visual reference for the Posters and Exhibits section of the website, where one can find related universal design resources.

 

 

Illustration represents Testing section of website. Illustration Representing Student Testing

A computer generated graphic illustration of a student taking a "pencil and paper" test provides a quick visual reference for the Testing section of the website.

Illustration representing Professional Schools section of virtual campus. Illustration Representing the Professions Bldng

A computer graphic illustration of a building representing where the professional programs, such as Nursing or Education, may be situated on a typical college campus. This illustration provides a quick visual reference for the Professional Programs area of the Virtual Campus, where one can find related universal design resources.

An illustration of a clipboard and supplies represents Fieldwork section of the website. Illustration Represents Fieldwork & Internships

A computer generated graphic illustration of fieldwork supplies, including a clipboard, pencil, passport and keys, is used to represent the Fieldwork & Internships section of the website where one can find related universal design resources.

Image of two word documents is a visual reference for the Checklists and Evaluations webpage. Illustrations of Checklists & Evaluations

An computer generated graphic illustration of two overlapped word documents provide a visual reference for the Checklists and Evaluations webpage.

Illustration representing Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Section of virtual community. Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Building

A computer generated graphic of a building represents the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs found on a typical college campus. This illustration provides a quick visual reference to the STEM section of the Accessible Virtual Campus where one can find resources for the accessibility of STEM education.

Logos

Logo for the 2008 ACCESS-ed Conference. ACCESS-ed Conference Logo

Logo of ACCESS-ed 2008 Conference, held in Milwaukee, WI.

The logo representing the ACCESS-ed Project or Website. ACCESS-ed Logo

A small logo for the ACCESS-ed Project and Website.

Logo for the AHEAD 2010 Conference. AHEAD Conference Logo

Three snow-capped mountains represent the conference city of Denver, CO, with words that offer the conference theme of  "Person > Disability >> Diversity >>> Humanity".

Logo for the AHEAD 2010 Conference. AHEAD Conference Logo

Three snow-capped mountains represent the conference city of Denver, CO, with words that offer the conference theme of  "Person > Disability >> Diversity >>> Humanity".

The full logo representing the  ACCESS-ed Project or Website. Full ACCESS-ed Logo

A large logo for the ACCESS-ed Project.

Logo representing the University of Wisconsin - Platteville. Platteville Logo

Logo of the University of Wisconsin - Platteville.

The logo representing the Rehabilitation Research Design and Disability Center (R2D2 Center) R2D2 Block logo

The logo that represents the Rehabilitation Research Design and Disability Center (R2D2 Center).

The logo representing the Rehabilitation Research Design and Disability Center (R2D2 Center) R2D2 Block logo

The logo that represents the Rehabilitation Research Design and Disability Center (R2D2 Center).

The logo representing the Rehabilitation Research Design & Disability Center. R2D2 Logo

The logo, including the text "Rehabilitation Research Design & Disability" for the R2D2 Center.

The logo representing the UD-I TEACH Project UD-I TEACH Logo

The large letters "UD" with "I TEACH" superimposed represent the logo of this federal demonstration project, housed in the R2D2 Center.

The logo representing the UD-I TEACH Project UD-I TEACH Logo

The large letters "UD" with "I TEACH" superimposed represent the logo of this federal demonstration project, housed in the R2D2 Center.

Universal Design Logo Universal Design Logo

Universal Design Logo: a globe with and equals sign on it.

Logo representing the University of Wisconsin - Parkside. UW - Parkside Logo

Logo of the University of Wisconsin - Parkside

Logo representing the University of Wisconsin Colleges. UW-Colleges Logo

Logo of the UW Colleges, the 2-year campuses of the University of Wisconsin System.

The logo representing the The University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. UWM Logo

The University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee logo, as it appears on many UWM documents and websites.

Icons

Icon adapted from Microsoft Excel indicates spreadsheet document.

Microsoft Excel icon indicating that this resource is in the form of a a spreadsheet document.

Symbol for "Go to Next Page". "Go to Next Page"

A right-pointing arrow links user to the next page.

Icon shows "Return to first page". Go to First Page

A left-pointing double arrow serves as the link to the first page in a series of pages.

Icon for last page. Icon of Go to Last Page

Right-pointing double arrow links to the last page of a series of pages.

Icon for going to previous page. Icon of Go to Previous Page

A left-pointing arrow represents a link to the previous page.

Icon represents an ACCESS-ed resource. Icon of Internal Link

A small box with an arrow pointing inward to the middle of a box represents that a reource or website is from the ACCESS-ed Project.

Icon for "No next page". Icon of No Next Page

Arrow indicating that there is no next page in the current series of pages.

Icon indicating a PDF document. Icon of PDF

Icon indicating that the document will be opened by Acrobat or another PDF reader.

 Icon represents a PowerPoint or other slide presentation. Icon of PowerPoint Presentation

An icon adapted from Microsoft PowerPoint indicates that resource is a slide presentation.

Icon for Quicktime movie or video. Icon of Quicktime Movie

Icon for the Quicktime movie program indicating a video.

Icon of Windows Media Program video format. Icon of Windows Media

Icon of a Windows Media file indicating that the video can be opened by Windows Media Player.

Icon from Microsoft Word represents a print document. Icon of Word Document

Icon adapted from Microsoft Word indicating that this document is a Mircosoft Word or other text type document.

Icon represents liink to an external website or other resource. Icon representing external link or resource

This icon is a guick reference that a resource or website is from a source other than ACCESS-ed. 

Icon for last page. Icon representing Last Page

A right-pointing double arrow indicates that the current page is the last in the series of pages.

Icon for indicating no previous pages. Icon represents"No Previous Pages"

A left pointing arrow indicates you are on the first page.

Icon shows you are at the first page. On the First Page

A left-pointing double arrow indicates that you are at the first page.

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