Planning for Higher Education Journal

Universal Design in the Age of COVID-19

Changes Are Demanding That Campuses Include All Learners
Cover (Universal Design in the Age of COVID-19)
From Volume 48 Number 4 | July–September 2020
By Greg Havens

Institutions referenced in this resource:
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania

In context of COVID-19, institutions are developing new approaches to online learning at an unprecedented pace. Looking ahead, this great experiment may offer lessons for broadening the definition of accessibility. Three decades after the Americans with Disabilities Act established minimum accessibility standards for the built environment, this moment of accelerated change presents a unique opportunity to utilize hybrid delivery models and universal design principles to rethink accessibility. Sasaki principal Greg Havens examines how continued emphasis on improvements to the physical environment, when combined with hybrid learning and services, could transform the way we plan the human-centered, accessible campuses of tomorrow.

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