ERIC Number: ED413713
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Sep-30
The Universal Access System.
Scott, Neil G.
This final report discusses the outcomes of a project that created a Universal Access System (UAS), a system that gives students with disabilities access to the same computers as their classmates. The project developed a new approach in which the needs of the individual with disabilities are handled separately from the computers and other devices that are to be made accessible (hosts). Each host is fitted with a wireless interface (Universal Access Port or UAP) which provides access to keyboard, mouse, and screen functions in a totally standardized manner. Individuals with disabilities are equipped with personal devices called accessors which interact with UAPs over an infrared light beam. Standardized codes are used on the infrared link so that any accessor can function with any host. This paper describes the concept of UAS, the components of the UAS, how information is transferred between an accessor and a host, types of accessors, and how UAS has provided a cost-effective way to make the campus at the California State University at Northridge (CSUN) computer accessible. Costs of installing UAPs are also addressed. Appendices include a description of UAS, statistics on the CSUN computer labs and student demographics, an evaluation plan, and relevant press releases and articles about the project. (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California State Univ., Northridge. Office of Disabled Student Services.