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ACCESS-ed Activities

The ACCESS-ed Project was designed around four major activities:

1. DARCs

  • DARC protocol development
  • DARC training and implementation
  • Partnership development and replication

2. Universal Design Materials & Techniques

  • Materials Acquisition and Consolidation: Gather and index existing UD materials in a searchable web-based database.
  • Materials Development: Develop new materials to fill accessibility gaps when there is not an option available or on the horizon.
  • Materials Nomination System: Create a web-based information system that allows our partners and other organizations to nominate relevant resources and protocols to be added to our UD materials database.

3. Dissemination

  • Web Resources: The ACCESS-ed website serves as a portal for information, resources, links, and products supporting UDE.
  • Searchable Web-based Database: An accessible search interface for locating materials supporting UDE.
  • Co-sponsor a National Conference: ACCESS-ed will offer a national conference in Septempber 2008 on "Universal Design in Higher Education and Beyond"
  • Publications and Presentations: The ACCESS-ed Project staff will publish articles and present at national conferences to disseminate the findings and resources of the project.

4. Evaluation

  • Formative and Summative Assessment: Project staff will enage in a variety of outcome measurement activities to assess the impact of the project.

"July 26 marks the 19th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.... the ADA's provisions include the right to seek, obtain, pursue and maintain employment without being hampered by physical or attitudinal barriers. I believe that having a job is a civil right. Those who are qualified for and want to work should not be denied that right because of an inaccessible building or an outdated set of assumptions about what they can or cannot do..."

Hilda L. Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor , July 24, 2009