How can principles of universal design be used to construct a computer lab?

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It is important to design the facility for users with a wide range of abilities and disabilities (e.g., visual, mobility, and hearing impairments; learning disabilities). Getting input from students with various disabilities about how to set up the computer lab can help ensure that specific student needs are met. Make sure that the computer lab offers access to equipment and software and to electronic resources. It is also important that staff are trained to work with students who have disabilities and understand how to use adaptive technology within the lab.

For guidelines about designing an accessible computer lab, consult the DO-IT publication Equal Access: Universal Design of Computer Labs.

Last update or review: January 22, 2013