Purpose: We envision UCF to be a fully accessible campus and inclusive environment for people with disabilities.
We do this by:
- Acknowledging disability as an aspect of human diversity;
- Cultivating awareness of the environment’s disabling barriers;
- Collaborating on and proactively facilitating accessible environments and experiences;
- Educating faculty and staff to create and maintain access in their spheres of influence;
- Shifting to an inclusive-minded attitude;
- Supplementing with reasonable accommodations as a last resort measure to ensure access.
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?