As we return to campus life, keeping everyone safe requires that we recognize how commonplace logistics and behavioral patterns can create difficulties and even barriers to full access and participation for those with disabilities. The University of Washington’s AccessADVANCE focuses on guidelines for making campus life more accessible for and inclusive of those with disabilities, particularly women and under-represented members in STEM. The project is currently compiling lists of guiding questions to facilitate campus capacity-building based on universal design approaches and prioritizing systemic change. Resources such as these encourage us to take a broadly inclusive approach as we develop unit strategic plans for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility (DEIA) and Belonging. We hope that campus life will prove welcoming for everyone in our campus community this Fall.
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