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Student Activity Accessibility Checklist


Student Activity Accessibility Checklist



Developed by: Roger O. Smith, Jill Warnke and Dave Edyburn of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and
Daryl Mellard, Noelle Kurth and Gwen Berry of the University of Kansas CRL, Division of Adult Studies



For information or alternate formats contact:

University of Kansas, Division of Adult Studies
1122 West Campus Rd., JR Pearson Hall, Rm 517
Lawrence, KS 66044
Phone- 785.864.4780


This document was supported in whole or in part by the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, (Cooperative Agreement No. H324M980109). However, the opinions expressed herin do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, and no official endorsement by the Department should be inferred. Note: There are no copyright restrictions on this document, however please credit the source and support of federal funds when copying all or part of this material. This report is also available on the web for printing at: http://das.kucrl.org/iam.html


Student Activity Accessibility Checklist



Introduction




When many students enter college for the first time, they experience some confusion because of the uniqueness posed by the setting and the activities. Since planning is important to success, we offer this accessibility checklist as one device for planning a successful college experience. The checklist was created with all students in mind, but is particularly helpful for students who are challenged by certain aspects of the education environment, such as those students with various disabilities. The checklist can be helpful for students without disabilities, students with hidden or mild disabilities and students with verified or significant disabilities.


College life is a potentially exciting and frustrating opportunity for many students, especially students with disabilities. This checklist contains activities frequently encountered by students attending college. Specifically, the checklist highlights activities that may present access problems. These problems may be barriers to accessing or completing activities. Use the checklist to anticipate activities for which you may require assistance. Then, brainstorm solutions as to how the barriers will be addressed. You may choose to complete the entire checklist, or you may focus on specific categories that are immediately relevant. For example, if you anticipate that transportation will be a major access issue, you may only choose to complete the “Getting to Campus” section of the checklist.


This checklist is provided in the context of a student assessment, but its implications are more far reaching. For example, it can serve as a facility and instructional program “self-audit.” The activities and environments included in the checklist should be accessible to everyone. Employees, guest lecturers, presenters, and attendees of public events should all be able to access the facilities and information of the college.

Directions for Use:


Step 1: On the following pages are a variety of college-related activities. These activities are organized into nine categories. As a first step, read through the activities.

Step 2: Complete the checklist by reading the brief activity statement and determine if completing the activity poses any particular problem for you: mark “yes,” “somewhat” or “no” accordingly. Even if you are unsure we suggest that you check “somewhat” or “yes.” These “unsure” activities can be reviewed more carefully at a later date or after you have gathered additional information.

Step 3: After you have completed the checklist, sharing the results with someone who is knowledgeable about the services provided at your college may prove especially beneficial. Alternatively, you may want to check your college directory and identify a contact person who can be of assistance for specific categories that require solutions. Our hope is that if you are able to identify possible problem areas and consequently identify contact people to help you solve these problems, your experiences at college will be successful and rewarding.

Contents:

I. Introduction to the College or University
II. Getting to Campus
III. Campus Tour
IV. Meeting with a Counselor or Advisor
V. Obtaining and Completing the Admission Forms
VI. Registration
VII. Paying Tuition
VIII. Buying Books and Supplies
IX. Classes
X. Accessing Class Information
XI. Testing and Evaluation
XII. Other


Section I. Introduction to the university

Activity A: Receiving mailings: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity B: Reading mailings: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity C: Obtaining information from mailings: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Possible Solutions for Section I? Contacts?

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Section II. Getting to Campus

A. Locating Public Transportation

Activity 1: Locating parking and transit office: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 2: Entering building: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 3: Maneuvering to parking and transit counter: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 4: Communicating with parking and transit employees: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 5: Receiving bus pass: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 6: Signing bus pass: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 7: Obtaining bus route flyers/schedules: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 8: Locating bus route nearest home: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 9: Utilizing bus route: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Possible solutions for Section II, A? Contacts?



B. Using private transportation

Activity 1: Locating university off-campus parking lot: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 2: Acquiring university off-campus bus schedules: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 3: Arriving at university off-campus parking lot before bus comes: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 4: Parking: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 5: Maneuvering to bus waiting area: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 6: Transferring onto bus: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 7: Locating ramp or lot on campus: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 8: Preparing appropriate amount of money to pay in timed lot: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 9: Paying meter or attendant at appropriate time, if needed: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Possible Solutions for Section II, B? Contacts?

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Section III Campus Tour

A. Contacting the tour office

Activity 1: Obtaining phone number to set up a tour: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 2: Dialing the phone number: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 3: Communicating with person to set up time and date: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Possible Solutions for Section III, A? Contacts?



B. Arriving on campus

Activity 1: Parking: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 2: Finding the building: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 3: Entering the building: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 4: Finding rooms: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 5: Entering rooms: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 6: Finding and communicating with tour staff: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Possible Solutions for Section III, B? Contacts?



C. Touring the campus

Activity 1: Moving around campus: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 2: Getting in and out of buildings: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 3: Moving through and around crowds: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 4: Gathering accessible information from the tour guide: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Possible Solutions for Section III, C? Contacts?

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Section IV. Meeting with a Counselor or Advisor

A. Calling counselor or advisor

Activity 1: Obtaining phone number to set up meeting(s): Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 2: Dialing phone number: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 3: Communicating to set up date and time for meeting: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Possible Solutions for Section IV, A? Contacts?



B. Going to his or her office

Activity 1: Finding the building: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 2: Entering the building: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 3: Finding the room: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 4: Entering the room: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 5: Finding and communicating with counselor or advisor: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Possible Solutions for Section IV, B? Contacts?



C. Meeting

Activity 1: Communication issues: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 2: Obtaining information: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 3: Deciding on classes to take: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 4: Helping plan your class schedule: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Possible Solutions for Section IV, C? Contacts?

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Section V. Obtaining and Completing the Admission Forms

Activity A: Requesting information from university (email or phone): Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity B: Obtaining useful phone numbers and addresses: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity C: Engaging in appropriate conversational or writing style: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity D: Completing the admission forms: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity E: Completing the forms accurately and legibly: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity F: Delivering forms to admissions office through the mail or in person: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Possible Solutions for Section V? Contacts?

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Section VI. Registration

A. Forms

Activity 1: Obtaining the registration forms: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 2: Registering: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 3: Completing the forms accurately and legibly: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 4: Signing up for classes recommended: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 5: Delivering the form to the registrar through the mail, in person or via computer: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Possible Solutions for Section VI, A? Contacts?



B. Obtaining an Identification or Activity Card

Activity 1: Contacting the registration office: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 2: Finding the building: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 3: Entering the building: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 4: Finding the office: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 5: Finding and communicating with registration office staff: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 6: Getting photo taken: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 7: Completing the necessary forms: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 8: Obtaining a class schedule: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Possible Solutions for Section VI, B? Contacts?

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Section VII. Paying Tuition

Activity A: Obtaining financial aid information: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity B: Obtaining scholarship information: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity C: Obtaining payment information and schedule: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Possible Solutions for Section VII? Contacts?

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Section VIII. Buying Books and Supplies

A. Going to the bookstore

Activity 1: Finding the bookstore: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 2: Entering the bookstore: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 3: Maneuvering around the bookstore: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Possible Solutions for Section VIII, A? Contacts?



B. Buying books

Activity 1: Arriving at the ground level in the bookstore: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 2: Having class schedule available: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 3: Finding the aisles: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 4: Getting the books off the shelves: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 5: Transporting the books: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 6: Arriving at the appropriate floor to pay: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 7: Finding the register: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 8: Maneuvering to the register: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 9: Placing the books and/or supplies on the counter: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 10: Paying for the items: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 11: Transporting the books out of the bookstore: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 12: Leaving the bookstore: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Possible Solutions for Section VIII, B? Contacts?

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Section IX. Classes

A. Going to class

Activity 1: Leaving at an appropriate time to get to class: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 2: Finding the building on the campus map: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 3: Entering the building: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 4: Finding the classroom: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 5: Finding a seat that accommodates your needs: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?



B. Participating in class

Activity 1: Getting out materials for notetaking: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 2: Taking notes: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 3: Asking and/or answering questions (communication): Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 4: Working on group projects, if required: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 5: Hearing the instructor: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 6: Hearing and contributing to large group discussions: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 7: Hearing and contributing to small group discussions: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 8: Participating in group presentations: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 9: Hearing and seeing classroom demonstrations: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 10: Participating in laboratory or studio sessions and groups: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity 11: Completing papers and written assignents: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Possible Solutions for Section IX, B? Contacts?

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Section X. Accessing Class Information

Activity A: Overheads (prepared and real-time): Are these a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity B: Handouts: Are these a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity C: Readings: Are these a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity D: E-Readings: Are these a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity E: Textbooks: Are these a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity F: E-Textbooks: Are these a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity G: E-mail: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity H: Document Cameras: Are these a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity I: Public Announcement (PA) Systems: Are these a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity J: Demonstration equipment and props: Are these a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity K: Whiteboard/Blackboard: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity L. Slides: Are these a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity M: Filmstrips: Are these a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity N: Films: Are these a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity O: Videos: Are these a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity P: Television: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity Q: Close Curcuit Television (CCTV): Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity R: Websites and Web presentations: Are these a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity S: Educational computer software: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity T: Computer presentations (e.g. PowerPoint): Are these a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Possible Solutions to Section X? Contacts?

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Section XI. Testing and Evaluation

Activity A. Taking tests in class: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity B: Taking standardized (district/state) tests: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity C: Taking national tests: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity D: Taking placement tests: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity E: Taking lab tests and quizzes: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity F: Taking oral examinations: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity G: Taking multiple choice tests (including those with computer graded bubble forms): Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity H: Taking essay tests: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Activity I: Taking "pop" quizzes: Is this a problem for me? YES? NO? SOMEWHAT?

Possible Solutions to Section XI? Contacts?

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Section XII. Others

This section is for any activities not included on this list. Are there any activities that you know you will have difficulties with in college? Remember to take the time to determine possible solutions and contacts who can help you with appropriate solutions or accommodations.

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