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ERIC Number: EJ883703
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4568
Universal Design and Study Abroad: (Re-)Designing Programs for Effectiveness and Access
Soneson, Heidi M.; Cordano, Roberta J.
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v18 p269-288 Fall 2009
Universal Design provides a framework to effectively increase the number of students studying abroad by creating and expanding supportive environments designed to meet a wide range of student needs. While the concept of Universal Design originated with the needs of students with disabilities, its value and application extend to a much wider student constituency. The concepts within Universal Design can be used to communicate information crucial for a wide range of students with specific needs who are considering study abroad programs, in order for them to assess access possibilities. This article outlines concepts and suggests an assessment survey that can assist institutions in considering the diversity of needs of students and, thereby, identifying in advance appropriate accommodations to help ensure the health and safety of program participants. The authors provide study abroad programs with a new and innovative way to create a more responsive overseas context for the growing range of students studying abroad. By utilizing the Access Assessment Survey to consider ways to meet the needs of students with various functional differences, U.S. institutions and overseas providers can identify the program modifications and design changes required to benefit a variety of student learning and living needs. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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