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The Accessible Virtual Community

Welcome to our virtual community!

In our ACCESS Main Street virtual community you will find resources and links related to accessibility and universal design wherever you live, work and play. Move your cursor to a building and just click to enter. In each area of the community we have provided a few "key resources". If you would like to find more information, you can search on our  "Search Page".

Do you work outside your home? Are you an employer looking for information about disabilities? Click on the building where you work to find UD information and tips about accessibility that pertain to employees and employers.

Are you having difficulty getting into a restaurant due to architectural barriers? Do you plan to open a restaurant and want to be sure that you are accessible to all potential customers? Click on a Restaurants and Dining building to find information about making restaurants accessible.

How can my apartment building be made accessible to all? Click on Homes and Lodging for guidelines on universally designed or remodeled bathrooms, kitchens and more.

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