ADA Resource Center for Equity and Accessibility

The Accessible KU website is maintained by KU's ADA Resource Center for Equity and Accessibility (ADA RCEA) in conjunction with the Academic Achievement and Access Center (AAAC) and other campus partners.

Our Mission:

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To create a campus climate that will sustain attention to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the spirit in which it was designed by:

  • Removing barriers
  • Embracing universal design
  • Ensuring procedures for student, employee and visitor reasonable accommodation
  • Promoting disability cultural competence 
  • Going above and beyond minimal ADA compliance
  • Encouraging KU community members with disabilities to be self-advocates
  • Weaving disability considerations into all layers of KU’s fabric

The ADA RCEA is proud of all that it has accomplished in the service of KU, including:  

  • Serving as executive sponsor of the Staff Fellows Program in Spring 2020. The program’s focus was to broaden the mental health resources available at KU while addressing and removing stigma based on mental health diagnoses.
  • Developing the Faculty Staff Council for Disability Inclusion three years ago, which has worked to increase awareness of employment accommodations and has advocated for individuals with disabilities in regards to the state HealthQuest program.
  • The Faculty Staff Council has also conducted a survey to increase awareness surrounding the Voluntary Self-Disclosure form provided with employment.
  • In partnership with the Faculty Staff Council for Disability Inclusion and the Office of Diversity and Equity, the planning and creation of a series of events on Social Justice relating to COVID-19, race, and disability.
  • Co-creating the IT ADA Workgroup comprised of leaders from across campus, under the direction of the CIO.
  • Creating the Mental Health Resource Guide.
  • Creating the Hosting an Accessible Event Checklist for departments, developed in conjunction with the Event Accessibility and Accommodation Policy.
  • In partnership with the School of Design: updating the Hawk Route  – a stairless route through campus which goes between Sunnyside Avenue and Jayhawk Boulevard, with a student designed logo conveying accessibility and inclusion. 
  • Creating the RCEA website, Accessible KU.
  • Piloting the Mentoring Circles for Disability Inclusion program. Through this program, ADA RCEA staff have shared the mission of disability inclusion as well as knowledge of the disability rights movement, laws, history and accessibility standards with 39 departments on campus. Participant numbers continue to grow through each cohort.
  • Planning the Equity and Inclusion Series: #DisabilityArt scheduled for fall, which will feature artists with disabilities and their work.
  • Hosting the Equity and Inclusion Series, events focused on disability, inclusion, awareness, and accessibility in the fall and spring semesters.
  • Hosting the October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month Celebration. Past years' guests have included: Haben Girma, the first deaf-blind lawyer to graduate from Harvard Law; Derek Shields, the co-founder of Forward Works Consulting, a national leader in disability mentorship; a panel of KU community leaders who spoke to their lived experience with mental health and employment. 

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From the archives: Powerpoint presentation from the Derek Shields 2018 visit to campus.

This Washington Post article describes and contains a link to the Smithsonian show EveryBody, an online collection of artifacts describing the history of disability in the United States. 

Recent CUPA article on KU's very own Mentoring Circles program

Time to redesign the accessibility logo. Essay by Melissa Blake

Read this article about the findings of the Disability Rights Center of Kansas around violations of the ADA here in Kansas

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped offers free braille and talking book services for people with disabilities that prevent them from reading or holding books. Read more about the NLS. 

Yes, you can call me disabled. Enjoy this essay on people-first vs. identity-first language. 

Read about a recent ADA RCEA lunchtime conversation with Dawn Kuhlman on practicing trauma informed communication.

CUPA features our very own HawkRoute in their blog. Read Creative Parterships: The Path to an Inclusive Campus. 

Interested in wheel chair basketball? Check out this offering from the City of Lawrence

Need tips for making a private residence accessible for people with mobility issues? Check out this handy guide!

Good things on the way from Google! They are starting to include wheelchair accessible routes in their google maps. This blog post describes their initial offering.

2018 Gerber Baby makes history as first with Down syndrome

Did you know the American Council of the Blind Audio Description project keeps a master list of audio described DVD's, TV shows, and streaming videos? List of alphabatized videos here. And check the audio reader Audio Description site for a listing of local events with audio description at the Lied Center and Theater Lawrence. 

Former KU student Elizabeth Boresow featured in NPR story "Navigating Life on Campus When You're on the Autism Spectrum."

KU professor developing a video game to prepare students with disabilitie for STEM careers

Matthew W. Mosconi assumes the directorship of the Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training, or K-CART

Get information about receiving audio description at home on your television from the American Council for the Blind.