The Accessibility Studies Certificate provides an interdisciplinary opportunity to learn about the challenges facing people with disabilities and limitations, estimated to be nearly a fifth of the population. The Accessibility Studies Certificate documents the graduate’s demonstration of competence in recognizing where, when, and how to accommodate such needs. Competence includes facilitating accessible transitions and employment for people with disabilities and limitations, approached from the different perspectives of employers, social service agencies, commercial enterprises, and the people requiring access themselves. This competence is attractive to employers who must all comply with legislation, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, intended to protect entitlement to activities of independent living in all environments- work, home, school, shopping, medical, leisure, and virtual. The Accessibility Studies certificate is a professional development opportunity of value to most fields.
Additional courses focused on application and issues of accessibility may be taken, such as:
ASP 365 Assistive Technology: Tactile Graphics
ASP 490 Accessibility Studies Internship
ASP 492 Advanced Practicum in Accessibility Studies
ASP 498 Special Topics in Accessibility
Admission to the program requires an application approved by the Accessibility Studies Program. There are no prerequisites for the introductory course, ASP 305 Accessibility and User Experience.
Successful completion of required courses with a minimum of C in all courses.
The certificate in Accessibility Studies requires the four core courses of 15 credits.