2001 Conference Proceedings

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Developing an Accessible Postsecondary Campus

Ron Stewart, Director
Northwest Center for Technology Access
Oregon State University
109 Kidder Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331

Five years ago Oregon State University began a comprehensive campus wide effort to provide to its students, faculty and staff with disabilities full access to its technologically rich academic environment. After the completion of a comprehensive needs assessment and the development of a comprehensive institutional plan the Technology Access Program was implemented. In addition as a part of this long term institutional plan the concept for the Northwest Center for Technology Access was developed and implemented.

Oregon State is now looked upon, by many, as a national model for Technology Access in a Public University, and the policies that have been developed as a part of this effort are being widely adopted by other institutions. We still have a long way to go, and are now moving on to stage two of the Northwest Center project.

This presentation will provide participants an inside look at the process that was used at Oregon State, the hurdles and barriers that had to be overcome, and those that we are still working on. We will also discuss the current initiatives of the center, and what our plans are for the next five years.

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