Just Published: Universal Design in Higher Education

Thursday, June 5, 2008

DO-IT has a new book titled Universal Design in Higher Education: From Principles to Practice. It was published by Harvard Education Press and developed as part of the AccessCollege project, which was funded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education (grant #P333A050064).

This book showcases the perspectives and expertise of forty-one students with disabilities, practitioners, and researchers that represent twenty-six postsecondary institutions and other organizations. They illustrate how the application of universal design can create inclusive instruction, student services, physical spaces, and information technology. The broad scope of experience shared by the authors makes this book appropriate as a guide to campus leaders and as a textbook for college and university courses that explore current disability, diversity, design, special education, and related topics.

In the Foreword, Mark A. Emmert, President of the University of Washington, notes, "We see the practice of universal design, the topic of this book, as a promising approach that reflects the value we place on diversity … This approach leads to educational products and environments that are welcoming, accessible, and inclusive and that address all aspects of diversity, including disability."

Copies of this book can be purchased through the following outlets: