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DARC Manual- A How-to Guide for Increasing Campus Accessibility

If you have interest in developing a campus network to infuse and disseminate universal design information and strategies, this manual will be helpful to you. The DARC (Departmental Accessibility Resource Coordinators) Network is highlighted along with tips for start-up, management, and training.

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DARC Manual  (PDF File)

DARC Manual - PDF Version  (PDF File)

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Posted by: caurit on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 4:03 p.m.

I found all of the information in this guide to be helpful and informative. My only criticism is that it does include a lot of information and may be cumbersome and intimidating for a person who is still new to accessible design. Consider a condensed version or an interactive guide that would allow the user to see an overview of each section with the option to click on a link for further detail.

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It took me several years of struggling with the heavy door to my building, sometimes having to wait until a person stronger came along, to realize that the door was an accessibility problem, not only for me, but for others as well. And I did not notice, until one of my students pointed it out, that the lack of signs that could be read from a distance at my university forced people with mobility impairments to expend a lot of energy unnecessarily, searching for rooms and offices. Although I have encountered this difficulty myself on days when walking was exhausting to me, I interpreted it, automatically, as a problem arising from my illness (as I did with the door), rather than as a problem arising from the built environment having been created for too narrow a range of people and situations.

Susan Wendell, author of
The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability