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The Accessible Virtual Campus

Student Services

Illustration representing the Student Services section of virtual campus.

Registration, advising and student medical facilities are a few examples of services that are housed in this building. To improve access for all students, considerations on delivery of these services, adaptation of the built environment and related research reports are annotated below.  Additionally, the myriad of forms and handouts generated by these services require universal design considerations as they are developed.  See the Instructional Methods and Media & Materials pages for guidelines.

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Accessible Documents Using Styles

This PDF contains a quick and easy overview on how the "styles" feature enables the design of accessible documents, as well as organized and structured documents.

R2D2 Center at UW-Milwaukee

Accessible Documents Using Styles  (PDF File)

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Creating an Accessible Tri-fold Brochure

If you are using “Adobe InDesign Creative Suite 2” and “Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional” this document will teach you how make accessible brochures.

R2D2 Center at UW-Milwaukee

Creating an Accessible Tri-fold Brochure  (PDF File)

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Elevator AUDIT

Elevators are comprised of multiple features that must be considered for full accessibility. Use this AUDIT to determine how successful your elevators are at providing access and usability for all students, staff and faculty.

R2D2 Center at UW-Milwaukee

Elevator AUDIT  (Excel Document)

Elevator AUDIT Version 1-2 Manual  (PDF File)

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EqTD's for Graphic Elements - Why & Where

Equivalent text descriptions (EqTD's) are extremely important and can be difficult to create. Here you will find a set of EqTD related documents that detail processes, purposes and levels of complexity. The origin of providing alternative text for graphic elements and a brief review of the R2D2 standard are included.

R2D2 Center at UW-Milwaukee

Equivalent Text Descriptions - Why and Where  (PDF File)

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Service Contract Tips

This document contains tips for "contracting for services that work for everyone including people with disabilities". Check these tips to insure accessibility before contracting for services.

R2D2 Center at UW-Milwaukee

Service Contract Tips  (Word Document)

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Universal Design in Service Delivery

A lecture from the ACCESS-ed Conference 2008 presented by Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler on the importance of Universal Design in Higher education. Topics that are addressed include ADA accessibility, access challenges spectrum, and information technology.

1 of 9 (captioned) Access Challenges Spectrum  YouTube Video

1 of 9 (video described) Access Challenges Spectrum  YouTube Video

2 of 9 (captioned) Information Technology  YouTube Video

2 of 9 (video described) Information Technology  YouTube Video

3 of 9 (captioned) Entrances, Routes of Travel, & Signage Part 1  YouTube Video

3 of 9 (vide described) Entrances, Routes of Travel, & Signage 1  YouTube Video

4 of 9 (captioned) Entrances, Routes of Travel, & Signage 2  YouTube Video

4 of 9 (vid. described) Entrances, Routes of Travel, & Signage 2  YouTube Video

5 of 9 (captioned) Entrances, Routes of Travel, & Signage 3  YouTube Video

5 of 9 (vid. described) Entrances, Routes of Travel, & Signage 3  YouTube Video

6 of 9 (captioned) Definition of Universal Design  YouTube Video

6 of 9 (vid. captioned) Definition of Universal Design  YouTube Video

7 of 9 (captioned) Universal Design Spectrum  YouTube Video

7 of 9 (vid. captioned) Universal Design Spectrum  YouTube Video

8 of 9 (captioned) Individual vs. Environment  YouTube Video

8 of 9 (vid. described) Individual vs. Environment  YouTube Video

9 of 9 (captioned) Beyond ADA-Accessibility & Usability  YouTube Video

9 of 9 (vid. described) Beyond ADA-Accessibility & Usability  YouTube Video

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Writing Equivalent Text Descriptions (EqTDs) Posterette

This short 2-page document provides the essential "bare-bones" of what needs to be included in an equivalent text description (EqTD) and where the EqTD should be placed in a document. Whenever you create a document, whether it is electronic or paper, any non-text based element (e.g., picture, graph, "eye-candy") is not accessible to many individuals, so EqTDs should be provided.

R2D2 Center at UW-Milwaukee

Writing EqTD's Posterette  (PDF File)

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A Guide for Faculty and Staff Working with Students with Disabilities Section II: The Accommodation Process

An ADA Campus Policy from UW-Madison. This is a guide for faculty and staff working with students with disabilties. It provides accommodations and procedures. Handout provided by presenter, Bob Christiaansen

University of Wisconsin-Madison

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A Guidebook for Visually Impaired Students

This resource provides a guidebook for visually impaired students. It is a comprehensive resource where students can find scholarships and information about assistive technology. Also included is an interview with a graduate student who is visually impaired, discussing the challenges and sharing support and advice for future and current students.

Community for Accredited Online Schools

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A World Awaits You (AWAY)

A World Awaits You (AWAY) is a free online journal that includes interviews with people with disabilities who have participated in a wide range of international exchange programs. It also features advice from exchange providers, parents and disability services staff on how they have assisted exchange participants with disabilities in going abroad. Each issue contains useful resources and tips on people with disabilities participating in international exchange programs.

MIUSA

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Access for Students who are Hard of Hearing or Deaf

This website contains tips specific to accommodate hard of hearing students. These strategies can be applied by either students or teacher to improve the learning environment for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Class Act: a project of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester Institute of Technology (NTID/RIT)

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Accessible Poster Presentations

This website contains information on how to create an accessible poster from the American Public Health Association (APHA). It is one if APHA's goals to make meetings accessible to the widest range of people possible. This website gives bullet-points in several categories to make your poster more accessible.

American Public Health Association (APHA)

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Action Plan for a More Accessible Service Unit

A worksheet for improving accessibility of student services.

DO-IT, University of Washington

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ADA Requirements: Service Animals

This website has updated ADA guidelines, regulations, and rights for people with service animals.

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Association of Assistive Technology Act Projects

This website is about the Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs funded under AT act to enhance the effectiveness and support of AT programs.

Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP)

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Auxiliary Aids and Services for Postsecondary Students with Disabilities

This website provides higher education's obligations under Section 504 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilties Act. These sections see that students with disabilties are not denied benifits. This website is from the Office of Civil Rights.

U.S. Dept. of Education

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Best Practice of Inclusive Service

This article from Access Today by Catherine Veronic Nolan addresses the importance of inclusion for all individuals. Nolan defines inclusion and offers suggestions for over coming barriers and implementing change.

The National Center on Accessibility-Indiana University

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Career Locker

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

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CAST Learning Tools

This website provides links to free learning tools for students, teachers and parents.

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Disability Awareness 101: A Case Study on Students with Disabilities and College Admissions Offices Staff

A very brief case example of how things can get confused for students with disabilities.

Washington University, DO-IT

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Distance Education: Access Guidelines for Students with Disabilities

This PDF describes accessibility standards and issues related to distance education.

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DO-IT Center

This webpage explains how "DO-IT serves to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers. It promotes the use of computer and networking technologies to increase independence, productivity, and participation in education and employment."

University of Washington, DO-IT

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General Advising Principles when Working with Students with Disabilities

This webpage discussess overall strategies for advisement of students with learning disabilities as well as general advising principles for working with students with disabilities. A few factors are discussed which include course balance, time and distance, and selection of major. A link to the entire advising handbook is provided.

Springfield Technical Community College

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Guidelines for Creating Accessible Printed Posters

This paper which can be downloaded in PDF format has information on making printed posters. The paper covers using accessible text, using images, poster size and spacing, poster organization, and providing multiple formats.

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Higher Ed Accessibility Lawsuits, Complaints, and Settlements

This website provides links to others sources about lawsuits, complaints, and settlements that have happened to colleges for not being accessible around the United States. Examples of some of the lawsuit cases are the colleges not providing book readers or they are not captioning online resources for their students to use.

Information Technology Systems and Services, University of Minnesota Duluth

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Learning Abroad for Students with Disabilities

Access Abroad is a collaborative effort at the University of Minnesota between the Learning Abroad Center and Disability Services to provide information and guidance on accessibility overseas. The materials on this website are designed to assist students, faculty and staff with the process of identifying and obtaining reasonable accommodations and include planning tools to help prepare students for a successful international experience. This webstie includes audio and video Access Abroad reflections and experiences.

The Learning Abroad Center and Disability Services, University of Minnesota

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Moving On: The Two-Four Step: How Students With Disabilities Can Transition from 2 to 4-year Colleges

This Hand-out, in PDF form, is for and about college students with disabilities who have the desire and potential to transition from 2-year colleges to succeed in a four-year postsecondary programs. The article includes steps, advice, resources and references for interested students and postsecondary professionals.

DO-IT, UNIVERSITY of WASHINGTON

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National Center on Universal Design for Learning

This website contains information about universal design for learning, including advocacy, implementation, research, and how to connect with others.

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Police Response to People with Disabilities

This 8-part video series was designed for use in roll-call training and addresses law enforcement situations involving people who have mobility disabilities, mental illnesses, mental retardation, epilepsy or seizure disorders, speech disabilities, deafness or hard of hearing, and blindness or low vision. The eight segments range from 5 ½ to 10 ½ minutes in length. (2006)

Department of Justice

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Self-Examination: Is Your Campus Accessible?

This article lists 11 "Campus Accessibility Indicators" necessary for an inclusive post-secondary education campus and culture.

DO-IT, University of Washington

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Support Services - Notetaking

This section of the Class Act website provides frequently asked questions and strategies for successful implementation of a notetaking support system in your class. It discusses topics like how to make sure the notes are accurate and what happens if class is missed by the student.

ClassAct - A project of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester Institute of Technology (NTID/RIT)

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The Future in Universal Design - Service Learning

This PowerPoint slide presentation used at a conference of the Association University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), offers Universal Design within the context of Service Learning Projects. It addresses how can UD be applied to National Service and within the disability community and provides an example. Included in the presentation is an activity, "How do you move this beyond the physical to enhanced program design?"

Sue Lin, Project Director Karla Kmetz, Project Specialist for the Association University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

The Future in Universal Design - Service Learning  (PowerPoint Presentation)

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The HEATH Resource Center at The National Youth Transitions Center

This website is full of resources, including a Toolkit for GUIDANCE AND CAREER COUNSELORS’ Advising High School Students With Disabilities on Postsecondary Options, learning modules, articles, news, and publications.

HEATH RESOURCE CENTER AT THE NATIONAL YOUTH TRANSITIONS CENTER, The George Washington University

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Tips to Understand Deaf Culture

This tip sheet from PEPNet provides a description of Deaf culture and suggestions for effective communication. Tips include the importance of American Sign Language, terms used in the Deaf community, and guidelines for communication.

PEPNet 2

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Tools for International Education & Disability Professionals

Designed to support their Access Abroad student program, this webpage is an excellent source for program promotion and student advising. Includes case scenarios. Resources for International Education & Disability Professionals.

University of Minnesota

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Universal Design in Education: An Online Tutorial

This web page poses questions that link to a separate web page with the answers and more information about universal design in education or aspects related to education like Student Services, Information Technology, Distance Learning, K-12, Post-secondary, Class Projects, Professional Organizations, Projects, and Conference Exhibits and Presentations.

The Center for Universal Design at The University of Washington

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Universal Design of Advising

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

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Universal Design of Career Services

A comprehensive checklist of considerations to make Career Services Programming accessible for students with disabilities. Topics on the checklist include events and information resources.

Burgstahler, S. Washington University, DO-IT

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Universal Design of Financial Aid

A comprehensive checklist of considerations to make the financial aid process accessible for persons with disabilities.

Burgstahler, S - Washington University, DO-IT

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Universal Design of Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions

A fairly comprehensive checklist of considerations necessary to meet the needs of students with disabilities through the recruitment and admission process.

DO-IT, University of Washington

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Universal Design of Registration

A comprehensive checklist of considerations to make the registration process accessible for persons with disabilities.

Washington University, DO-IT

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Universal Design of Student Services

A brief checklist that outlines accessibility needs for persons with disability to successfully utilize student services.

DO-IT, Washington University

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Universal Design of Tutoring and Learning Centers

General information and a comprehensive checklist of considerations to make tutoring and learning centers accessible for students with disabilities.

Washington University, DO-IT

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University Policy Regarding the Use of Captioned Audio-Visual Media to Ensure Sample Policy: Access to Course Media for All Students

This handout "...provides you with a draft university policy regarding the use of captioned media; you can alter it as needed for your institution."

Class Act: a project of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester Institute of Technology (NTID/RIT), Rochester, New York

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Using Universal Design for Learning: Successful Transition Models for Educators Working with Youth with Learning Disabilities

This InfoBrief identifies and explains selected classroom-based strategies within the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) model.

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Recognizing and respecting differences in others, and treating everyone like you want them to treat you, will help make our world a better place for everyone. Care... be your best. You don't have to be handicapped to be different. Everyone is different!

Kimputer, Kim Peek, inspiration for Rain Main