DO-IT: Making Campus Computing Facilities Accessible to People with Disabilities

Marvin Crippen, research consultant

On modern (and not so modern) campuses computers are becoming an all important part of the curriculum. Professors and teaching assistants find e-mail as an efficient way of communicating with students that have questions. Syllabi and handouts are frequently created on personal computers. Information about the course, reading and writing assignments, projects, and resources is finding its way onto the World Wide Web. Word processing is a must for creating critical papers and assignments. Computer labs are used to teach and apply key concepts. As a result of all this, accessibility of computing facilities can become all-important to the success of students with disabilities.

As an ongoing project DO-IT has created simple guidelines for making computer labs accessible to people with disabilities. The brochure Making Campus Computing Facilities Accessible to People with Disabilities contains a checklist for accessing computer lab accessibility, a list of helpful communication hints, a list of UW Campus resource, and a list of electronic and print resources that may be useful in finding more information. The brochure is available on the DO-IT home page at www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/comp.access.html or from the DO-IT office.