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Student Accessibility Services

Why?

ACCESS matters.

Vision and Purpose: Aspiring to make UCF a fully accessible and inclusive campus for people with disabilities.

We do this by:

  • Acknowledging disability as an aspect of human diversity
  • Challenging social norms that create barriers
  • Creating partnerships with faculty, staff, students and the community
  • Establishing equal opportunity experiences
  • Sharing resources that facilitate access and inclusion
  • Signifying access and inclusion as a university-wide responsibility

Why We Do What We Do

At SAS, we believe the environment and the intersection of a person with the environment creates more of a disability barrier than the individual’s personal diagnosis or situation. And each of us contributes to the environment. Examples of environment design include:

  • Physical building or office space access and layout;
  • Office policies and procedures for accessing resources available through an office, program or resource;
  • Course teaching methods and learning assessment methods;
  • TV and online videos and whether or not they are captioned;
  • Personal attitudes and general awareness of society’s contribution to disability;

Our goal is to encourage proactive consideration of the way in which environments are created and in how we, as a campus community, think about disability.  Accessibility is not an SAS matter. It is a UCF matter. Better design, even if as simple as a more open attitude, can create better access and more inclusion for everyone. Our vision is that everyone would ask: What is the real barrier here? What can I do to address the barrier?

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