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An Introduction to Universal Design in Higher Education

This presentation by Roger O. Smith, PhD, OT, FAOTA, to a group of faculty at University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse includes an overview of Universal Design in Higher Education (UDE). This is the first video in a series of 4 and coverse the current system of individual accommodations and the A3 Model, a theoretical model of how campuses serve the needs of students with disabilities. The question, “Why universal design in education?” is answered with historical context and perspectives from current research.

R2D2 Center at UW-Milwaukee

1 of 4 (captioned) An Introduction to UD in Higher Education  (YouTube Video)

1 of 4 (video described) Introduction to UD in Higher Education  (YouTube Video)

2 of 4 (captioned) Introduction to UD in Higher Education  (YouTube Video)

2 of 4 (video described) Introduction to UD in Higher Education  (YouTube Video)

3 of 4 (captioned) Introduction to UD in Higher Education  (YouTube Video)

3 of 4 (video described) Introduction to UD in Higher Education  (YouTube Video)

4 of 4 (captioned) Introduction to UD in Higher Education  (YouTube Video)

4 of 4 (vid. described) Introduction to UD in Higher Education  (YouTube Video)

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Posted by: MNVRSAT on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 11:47 a.m.

A great presentation covering what we have learned in Design and Disability at UWM.

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Posted by: gmkazadi on Tue Nov 24, 2020 at 2:09 a.m.

The presentations are very informative

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Posted by: hghaver on Tue Nov 24, 2020 at 2:10 p.m.

This resource is extremely helpful in identifying why Universal Design is necessary in higher education.

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Posted by: klwolber on Wed Dec 16, 2020 at 11:41 a.m.

I found this to be a very interesting introduction to Universal Design in higher education. This resource gives a lot of good, strong information.

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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