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A workplace that maximizes ALL people's abilities through Universal Design considers the physical building, interiors, outdoor space, equipment, and communications. Policies and procedures provide the rules and infrastructure that support a workforce that is diverse and well trained with flexibility to maximize employee abilities. Company values support an organizational culture where behaviors, attitudes and programs support and sustain inclusivity. Certainly, the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) mandates compliance with minimal standards for accessibility. However, considerations for universal design, along with ideas such as improved training, flexibility, hiring practices, telecommuting, culture and management enhance the creation of an accessible and inclusive climate for everyone.



(from a PowerPoint presentation by Joe Entwhistle, National Consortium for Health Systems Development, and Ellen Felix, WI Pathways to Independence)
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Accessible Hospitals

This PDF document discusses the accessibility of hospitals and tips on design and factors to consider to make a facility accessible.

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ADA Requirements: Service Animals

This website has updated ADA guidelines, regulations, and rights for people with service animals.

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Applying Universal Design to the Workplace

This three-page fact sheet “offers guidelines for applying universal design in the workplace to address the needs of employees and customers with disabilities”. The fact sheet also discusses the seven principles associated with universal design and how they can be applied to various areas of the workplace. Specific examples are provided.

DBTAC Northwest

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Assistive Technology in Argiculture

This PDF discusses the assistive technology in agriculture including tractor alterations, livestock, dairy, crop production, poultry and living spaces.

Virginia Cooperative Extension

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Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.

U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

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PERC - Pathways to Employment Resource Center

This website from Pathways to Employment provides resources to expand opportunities for persons with disabilities to earn income and participate fully in community life. PERC is a Wisconsin partnership of individuals, researchers, service providers, and employers dedicated to providing resources, education and training, technical assistance, and research for persons with disabilities to find employment.

Perc Think Work Website

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Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Workplace Accommodations  (Research based)

This RERC website identifies, develops and promotes new assistive and universally designed technologies that maximize independence and participation of people with disabilities in the workplace. A primary focus of the Workplace RERC is the use of universal design concepts -- the design of products and environments to be usable by all workers, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. Included are examples, studies, continuing education courses, information about conferences, research, and many resources and links.

NIDRR and CATEA

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Resources for Adults with Disabilities - Learning and Work  (Research based)

Resources from projects at the University of Kansas that address issues in the transition, education, employment, and quality of life of adults with disabilities, including research-based information to policy makers, service providers, individuals with disabilities, and family members that will ultimately empower people with disabilities to live more productively and independently. Most are PDF documents.

Center for Research on Learning, University of Kansas

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WorkSource Wisconsin  (Research based)

This website provides Wisconsin employers with the resources necessary to recruit and retain employees with disabilities. WorkSource Wisconsin is a not-for-profit organization with the goal of providing Wisconsin employers with accessible and complete information regarding the employment of individuals with disabilities.

WorkSource Wisconsin

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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