ERIC Number: ED386874
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
The Assessment of Physical and Program Accessibility for Students with Physical (Mobility) Disabilities.
Peterson, Deana R.
A checklist and instructions are presented for evaluating the level of accessibility to school buildings, grounds, curricula, technology, and extracurricular activities for students with physical (mobility) disabilities. Legislative mandates (including The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) for ensuring inclusion of persons with disabilities is reviewed, and the development and field testing of the checklist are discussed. The physical accessibility portion of the checklist includes routes, parking and loading zones, stairs, elevators, drinking fountains, bathrooms, telephones, libraries, cafeterias, and playgrounds. Curricular accessibility covers provision of music, physical education, and cultural arts; academic classrooms; adaptations in academic requirements and instructional materials; and instructional adaptations, including audiovisual aids and computer simulations. Access to extracurricular activities includes counseling and health services, recreational activities, transportation, and groups or clubs. Technology accessibility to allow greater participation in the general education classroom might include adapted computer keyboards and adaptations to other equipment. Instructions are provided for using the checklist, scoring individual items, writing a narrative summary, and methods for collecting data. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Access to Education, Accessibility (for Disabled), Adapted Physical Education, Ancillary School Services, Building Design, Classroom Design, Curriculum, Design Requirements, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Equipment Evaluation, Evaluation Criteria, Extracurricular Activities, Facility Guidelines, Institutional Evaluation, Instructional Material Evaluation, Instructional Materials, Physical Disabilities, Physical Mobility, Student Needs
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (73rd, Indianapolis, IN, April 5-9, 1995).