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Tools and Resources
Checklists & Evaluations
Various assessment tools help organizations review their overall accessibility as well as specifically measure the impact of accessible service delivery, physical environments and information environments and related products.
18 items: 2 internal 16 external
The Campus Report Card measures universal design and accessibility of a campus. "The idea of 'grading' a campus is that 1) educators and educational systems understand the idea of grades and report cards, and 2) there is some rationale for examining various areas of an organization's skill and knowledge to see how a campus rates in each of the areas. Also, like a report card, grades can be observed over time to witness progress or identify problem areas requiring additional attention." One can just as easily use the areas suggested and type up an assessment form without grades to just point out areas that are in most need of improvement or reward areas that are doing the best.
Roger O. Smith and Dave Edyburn, Unversity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee & Sean Lancaster, University of Kansas CRL, Division of Adult Studies
Survey: Instructor Knowledge of UDE
This survey contains 7 questions to test your knowledge of UDE. Originally developed for a specific research application.
R2D2 Center at UW-Milwaukee
In order to provide equal opportunities for all library users, it is necessary to look with the eyes of all patron groups at the physical condition of library buildings, as well as library services and programs. This checklist, developed by the IFLA Standing Committee of Libraries Serving Disadvantaged Persons (LSDP) in the Hague, is designed as a practical tool for all types of libraries (public, academic, school, special) to assess existing levels of accessibility to buildings, services, materials and programs and to enhance accessibility where needed.
The Hague, IFLA Headquarters, 2005
This printable checklist addresses making the arts more accessible for people with disabilities.
National Endowment for the Arts
This Website is a career development website that helps youth and adults with career decisions. The website provides job-seeking tools and a self assessment tool to reflect on your skills.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
This 27-page, 2001, document offers guidance to comply with federal legislation mandating equity of access to public resources for disabled and non-disabled persons, and to ensure that patrons with disabilities regard computers as an aid to their successful library use. Libraries need to plan for and implement accessibility measures for both patrons and library staff members who may also have disabilities. Equitable access to the library's facilities means not only using technology that translates print into speech to provide access to traditional media, but also ensuring that new technology used to support library programs (on-line catalogs, microcomputers provided for public use of application software and the Internet, etc.) are made accessible. The focus of this document is predominantly on this latter need. (The original version of this document was funded by the Trace Center, Madison, WI.)
Jane Berliss-Vincent, InFoPeople, Sacramento, CA
This website describes a series of Community Health Environment Checklists or CHECs, which help to describe the accessibility of buildings using the lived experiences of persons with disabilities as a guide. Very quick and easy to administer.
This self-assessment tool for companies includes questions which are intended as an aid in assessing an organization's ability to accommodate employees and trainees with disabilities. Questions will be helpful information for prospective applicants as well for employer internal monitoring purposes.
Independent Living Institute, Johanneshov, Sweden
This web page guide includes emergency evacuation plans, including how to include employees with disabilities in such plans. Links are available to a checklist and resources. If employers covered by the ADA opt to have such plans they are required to include people with disabilities. Further, employers who do not have emergency evacuation plans may nonetheless have to address emergency evacuation for employees with disabilities as a reasonable accommodation under Title I of the ADA. In addition, employers in certain industries may have obligations to develop emergency evacuation plans under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) or under state and local law.
Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
This 8 question quiz tests your knowledge of ergonomics in the workplace. This website also provides products to accommodate a wide range of physical abilities and impairments. The developers of these products implement universal design in all of their work.
This website provides a checklist for home safety and accessibility features that is organized by room (bedroom, kitchen, etc).
This 27 page guide explains general accessibility features every home should include in order to accommodate homeowners with various abilities and needs in the future. The guide includes a list of priority features, select important universal features, and diagrams of how to remodel/build an accessible home inside and out.
The Center for Universal Design, NC State University College of Design
This checklist (1995) will help you identify accessibility problems and solutions in existing facilities in order to meet your obligations under the ADA, however may be outdated with regard to specific updates in the law.
Barrier Free Environments, Inc. and Adaptive Environments Center, Inc.
This 4 page article and Checklist for Making Projects Welcoming, Accessible, and Usable, addresses a broad range of considerations for how to make any project accessible. Burgstahler’s goal is equal access for all resources and in all activities.
Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D., DO-IT, University of Washington
General guidelines and a comprehensive checklist of considerations to make the student advising process accessible for persons with disabilities.
Burgstahler, S - Washington University, DO-IT
A comprehensive checklist of considerations to make the financial aid process accessible for persons with disabilities.
Burgstahler, S - Washington University, DO-IT
A free pdf from the Center for Universal Design, North Carolina State University, includes a checklist to help individuals think about their own needs and those of potential users when selecting products. Questions for consideration are based on the 7 Principles of Universal Design.
The Center for Universal Design, North Carolina State University
"WAVE is a free web accessibility evaluation tool provided by WebAIM. It is used to aid humans in the web accessibility evaluation process. Rather than providing a complex technical report, WAVE shows the original web page with embedded icons and indicators that reveal the accessibility of that page."