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Checklists & Evaluations
Various assessment tools help campuses review their overall accessibility as well as specifically measure the impact of accessible instruction, physical environments and information environments and related products.
27 items: 8 internal 19 external
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
The Campus Report Card measures universal design and accessibility of a campus. "The idea of 'grading' a campus is that 1) educators and educational systems understand the idea of grades and report cards, and 2) there is some rationale for examining various areas of an organization's skill and knowledge to see how a campus rates in each of the areas. Also, like a report card, grades can be observed over time to witness progress or identify problem areas requiring additional attention." One can just as easily use the areas suggested and type up an assessment form without grades to just point out areas that are in most need of improvement or reward areas that are doing the best.
Roger O. Smith and Dave Edyburn, Unversity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee & Sean Lancaster, University of Kansas CRL, Division of Adult Studies
Checklist for Universally Designed Tests
This pdf provides a list of items to insure that your test is accessible to all students.
R2D2 Center at UW-Milwaukee
Designing an Accessible Syllabus
This PDF Posterette provides a guide for insuring that your syllabi are accessible through universal design.
R2D2 Center at UW-Milwaukee
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
This website features a sample checklist that contains activities frequently encountered by students attending college. Specifically, the checklist highlights activities that may present access problems or barriers. One can use the checklist to anticipate campus barriers to access and to determine where assistance or accommodations may be needed. A student can choose to complete the entire checklist, or focus on specific categories that are immediately relevant. (To see the full PDF version, click on the link below.)
Roger O. Smith, Jill Warnke and Dave Edyburn, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee & Daryl Mellard, Noelle Kurth and Gwen Berry, University of Kansas CRL, D
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
Survey: Instructor Knowledge of UDE
This survey contains 7 questions to test your knowledge of UDE. Originally developed for a specific research application.
R2D2 Center at UW-Milwaukee
In order to provide equal opportunities for all library users, it is necessary to look with the eyes of all patron groups at the physical condition of library buildings, as well as library services and programs. This checklist, developed by the IFLA Standing Committee of Libraries Serving Disadvantaged Persons (LSDP) in the Hague, is designed as a practical tool for all types of libraries (public, academic, school, special) to assess existing levels of accessibility to buildings, services, materials and programs and to enhance accessibility where needed.
The Hague, IFLA Headquarters, 2005
This printable checklist addresses making the arts more accessible for people with disabilities.
National Endowment for the Arts
The Access Technology Higher Education Network (ATHEN), in its continuing effort to assist higher education institutions ascertain the accessibility of the Google Apps suite, conducted accessibility evaluations on GMail and Google Calendar. The evaluations cover assistive technologies used for visual, mobility, learning, and cognitive disabilities. Many assistive technologies performed quite well in GMail and Calendar, but there were still significant hurdles for some technologies, particularly screen readers.
Access Technology Higher Education Network (ATHEN)
This Website is a career development website that helps youth and adults with career decisions. The website provides job-seeking tools and a self assessment tool to reflect on your skills.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
This website describes a series of Community Health Environment Checklists or CHECs, which help to describe the accessibility of buildings using the lived experiences of persons with disabilities as a guide. Very quick and easy to administer.
This self-assessment tool for companies includes questions which are intended as an aid in assessing an organization's ability to accommodate employees and trainees with disabilities. Questions will be helpful information for prospective applicants as well for employer internal monitoring purposes.
Independent Living Institute, Johanneshov, Sweden
This web page guide includes emergency evacuation plans, including how to include employees with disabilities in such plans. Links are available to a checklist and resources. If employers covered by the ADA opt to have such plans they are required to include people with disabilities. Further, employers who do not have emergency evacuation plans may nonetheless have to address emergency evacuation for employees with disabilities as a reasonable accommodation under Title I of the ADA. In addition, employers in certain industries may have obligations to develop emergency evacuation plans under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) or under state and local law.
Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
This PDF document from CATEA, Center for Assistive Technology & Environmental Access, is an illustrated guide that provides information that can be used to design, develop, test, refine, and evaluate retail grocery checkstands. This guide is meant to maximize independence and participation of people with disabilities in the workplace and includes diagrams with measurements for work spaces.
Center for Assistive Technology & Environmental Access
This website provides a checklist for home safety and accessibility features that is organized by room (bedroom, kitchen, etc).
This printable rubric provides a guide to evaluate a syllabus based on different elements using universal design components.
EnACT, California State University
This web page highlights accessibility features of syllabii which are common to accessible electronic documents because they promote the ability of the reader to quickly find information whether reading it on the screen, on paper, or with an audio screen reader.
Technology & Learning Program, California State University, Chico
This checklist (1995) will help you identify accessibility problems and solutions in existing facilities in order to meet your obligations under the ADA, however may be outdated with regard to specific updates in the law.
Barrier Free Environments, Inc. and Adaptive Environments Center, Inc.
"In order to support faculty on how to frame a course with UDL principles in mind, EnACT~PTD constructed and evaluated a UDL Syllabus Rubric. This rubric and its elements are based on multiple years of research on UDL and course design and delivery." Development and evaluation efforts include extensive input from both instructors and students. "The UDL Syllabus Rubric reflects elements that are considered important to all stakeholders. Faculty are encouraged to use the UDL Syllabus Rubric as a way to reflect upon their current syllabus design and move toward adopting strategies that result in a syllabus that better communicates to and supports all learners.
EnACT - UDL-U: A Comprehensive Faculty Development Guide
This 4 page article and Checklist for Making Projects Welcoming, Accessible, and Usable, addresses a broad range of considerations for how to make any project accessible. Burgstahler’s goal is equal access for all resources and in all activities.
Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D., DO-IT, University of Washington
General guidelines and a comprehensive checklist of considerations to make the student advising process accessible for persons with disabilities.
Burgstahler, S - Washington University, DO-IT
A comprehensive checklist of considerations to make libraries accessible to students with disabilities. The html version of a brochure includes policies, physical environments and products, and information resources.
DO-IT, University of Washington
General information and a comprehensive checklist of considerations to make tutoring and learning centers accessible for students with disabilities.
Washington University, DO-IT
A free pdf from the Center for Universal Design, North Carolina State University, includes a checklist to help individuals think about their own needs and those of potential users when selecting products. Questions for consideration are based on the 7 Principles of Universal Design.
The Center for Universal Design, North Carolina State University
"WAVE is a free web accessibility evaluation tool provided by WebAIM. It is used to aid humans in the web accessibility evaluation process. Rather than providing a complex technical report, WAVE shows the original web page with embedded icons and indicators that reveal the accessibility of that page."