Participatory Research on Universal Design and Accessible Space At the University of Arizona

Authors

  • Nicholas A. Rattray University of Arizona
  • Sarah Raskin University of Arizona
  • Jacklyn Cimino University of Arizona

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18061/dsq.v28i4.159

Abstract

The framework of Universal Design (UD) is one approach to improving access on university campuses. This paper reflects on a participatory research project on accessible space at the University of Arizona. Student-researchers from the Disability Resource Center conducted map-based qualitative research with members of the campus community to investigate perceptions of accessibility. Data analysis indicates the importance of hidden and invisible barriers, the attitudinal aspects of accessibility, and adaptive strategies of campus users. The paper contributes to investigation of spatial aspects and the lived experience of universal design in institutional contexts, while offering a model for involving students in applied research.

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Published

2008-12-08

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Section

Special Topic: Disability Studies in the Undergraduate Classroom, Pt. 8: Accessing Spaces and Histories