Accessibility Survey of Overseas Universities
Do you want to know if your overseas sites are accessible?
First we recommend searching to see if a disability site assessment has already been completed and is comprehensive. Search these webpages to find out:
- The following survey is best done by someone with cross-disability knowledge:
Please survey and report on the information below bearing in mind that this information will be utilized by people with a variety of disabilities both apparent and non-apparent including: learning, mental health-related, physical, vision, health-related and hearing disabilities.
1) Submit the complete contact information for the campus surveyed. All contact information should include:
2) Interview 2-3 students with disabilities (preferably different disabilities) on campus. Include the following (Use quotes as appropriate):
A. A short biographical description of the student
B. Positive aspects of the student’s experience at the university
C. Any difficult issues that have arisen and how they were addressed
D. Recommendations they have for other student with disabilities attending the school
3) Interview the Disabled Student Services staff about their services. Include:
A. Contact information
B. Description of services available for students
C. Recommendations they have for students with disabilities from overseas that are attending the school
4) Interview the International Student Services staff about their services. Include:
A. Contact information
B. Description of services for students from overseas
C. Description of services for students with disabilities
D. Recommendations they have for foreign students with disabilities attending the school
5) Describe the physical and informational accessibility of the campus and community. Specifics can be found on Access Abroad surveys and would include such information as disability related offices in the area, self-help groups, cultural attitudes towards people with disabilities, health care facilities, pharmacies, counseling services, accessibility of classrooms, bathrooms, etc. to those with physical disabilities, accessible transportation, and school assistance such as tape recorders, extra time on tests, technological devices and/or rest periods.
6) Describe housing opportunities on and off campus for people with disabilities.
7) Describe the social accessibility of the community such as restaurants, cultural sites, field trip destinations, sports and extra-curricular activities.
8) Describe cultural attitudes and perspectives towards people with physical, psychiatric, and non-apparent disabilities that would assist a student with a disability to understand what the experience might be like while in the country.
9) If possible, take photographs of some of the accessibility features and the people that you interview and include a written description for each of them.