Beyond Physical Access: Creating an Inclusive Climate Through Partnerships
The University of Kansas' main campus sits at the top of Mount Oread. Topography of the campus provides unique challenges in ensuring an accessible route for individuals with disabilities. Strategic campus partnerships sparked the initial development of the Hawk Route, an accessible route that provides independent campus access for individuals with disabilities. These partnerships created more than physical access; they created a new conversation on campus on accessibility, empowered individuals with disabilities, and engaged leaders. We will share how these partnerships helped shape Hawk Route enhancements, such as videos, an audio description of the route and a new student-designed logo that will be shown at the end of the presentation. Attendees will learn how to develop their own partnerships to create a proactive campus climate.
Catherine E. Johnson, Director of ADA Resource Center for Equity and Accessibility, University of Kansas