ERIC Number: EJ935584
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: 4
Universal Design for Academic Facilities
Salmen, John P. S.
New Directions for Student Services, n134 p13-20 Sum 2011
Universal design (UD) can play a role in many aspects of academic life and is often thought of in the context of learning. However, this chapter focuses on the impact of UD on the design of facilities in a university or campus setting. Universal design has the potential for transforming universities into truly egalitarian institutions that accommodate all users regardless of their size, age, or physical capabilities, allowing them to flourish, learn, and unleash their true potential. Universities are especially good facilities for the application of UD because they accommodate a wide range of transient users. Since one size does not necessarily fit all, the application of UD needs to be appropriate to the institution's scale, facility type, and program for it to be completely effective. Universal design accommodates not only people who use wheelchairs or are blind, but also older learners, parents with children, and nontraditional learners of all sorts. The effort to provide UD can also help institutions comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other state and local accessibility regulations. This chapter explains the differences between accessibility and UD and discusses methods of accommodation and areas of opportunity for UD on campuses.
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Design, Accessibility (for Disabled), Federal Legislation, Compliance (Legal), Campuses, Classroom Design, College Housing, Universities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia; Pennsylvania
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Rehabilitation Act 1973