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Accessible Route AUDIT

People with disabilities frequently encounter obstacles when they attempt to get from point A to point B. Do you have a particular walkway or route on campus that you know has caused a problem for someone with a disability? Feel free to try out this AUDIT to see how universally desgned the route is. What is the impact of special events parking on an accessible route? This AUDIT has guidelines when detours are necessary.

R2D2 Center at UW-Milwaukee

Accessible Route AUDIT  (Excel Document)

Accessible Route AUDIT Manual  (PDF File)

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Posted by: AmaraTang on Tue Nov 24, 2020 at 1:27 p.m.

I think that the audit is very thorough and incorporates all of the components of making a route accessible. As a suggestion, it might be helpful to include a link of some sort to #6 so that the user can quickly reference the ADA-ABA standards for curb cuts.

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Posted by: AJensen15 on Tue Dec 15, 2020 at 6:34 p.m.

This audit is very thorough about explaining the process of making a route accessible. I think this audit is useful because many universities tend to not have accessible routes without even realising. I agree with the comment above, that linking the ADA-BA standards would be a useful component to look back on while reading this audit.

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Posted by: EmmaB on Wed Dec 16, 2020 at 10:53 a.m.

I think this is important because it opens your eyes to something you have always thought was so simple but can actually be very difficult or impossible for some people.

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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