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ACCESS-ed Products

The ACCESS-ed Project staff are engaged in the collection and development of a wide variety of materials to support the use of UD principles in higher education. Given the wealth of information that has been developed in recent years, a considerable amount of time is devoted to searching and indexing existing materials. In cases where we have identified gaps in the knowledge base, we have enaged in the development of measurement tools, training materials, and other practical resources.

Information about the following types of products can be found in the Tools & Resources and the Virtual Campus sections of the web site:

  • AUDITs (instruments for measuring the accessiblity and usability of a specific campus environment or function)
  • Posterettes and Tip Sheets (easy to use practical advice on selected topics)
  • Protocols and Strategies (how-to procedures)
  • Video Clips (short videos that illustrate good and bad examples of accessibility (or attempts at accessibility), called "Accessibility Gems and Bloopers", and links to videos created by others, including information about disabilities and assistive technology)
  • Surveys (surveys for measuring stakeholder knowledge and perspectives on UDE and accessibility)

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