“Our job is to ensure that students with disabilities have fair access, equal opportunities, and an ability to thrive within the UHD environment,” says Uchegbu. “The students registered appreciate that we understand disability from a deeper perspective, and that we have the appropriate knowledge and abilities to support them in reaching their end goals.” Uchegbu noted that while the ODS provides access, students achieve success through their own hard work and dedication.
The AT Lab includes stand-alone equipment such as Braille printers, a 3D printer, a Swell Machine, as well as scanners that convert text into accessible PDFs. Uchegbu says the lab was designed to provide “academic resources in an accessible format, while creating a sense of inclusion that fosters confidence and independence.” This telos is in keeping with the A11y Project, which states that accessibility and inclusion are essential in the design and implementation of new technologies.
This word—a11y—not only encompasses what the ODS is for students, but also what that office does, and the new AT Lab is just the latest example.