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Why Your Campus Should Promote Accessibility as a Civil Right

By: Aylin Dunham
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How does one promote accessibility on campus in a way that will trigger a change? How do we initiate a campus-wide cause that will get students and faculty alike onboard? Some campuses have succeeded in their campaigns to spread awareness of the importance of accessibility, diversity and inclusiveness. These campuses all have one thing in common; they have promoted accessibility as a civil right.

In this Educause Review article, written by Automatic Sync’s Art Morgan, he explains that there are five main reasons why promoting accessibility as a civil right is effective. Here’s why:

  1. Accessibility is a civil right.
  2. Promoting civil rights and diversity accelerates innovation
  3. Increasing diversity on campus is an investment that pays off
  4. “Separate but equal” is not a valid approach to education
  5. Diversity should be an ongoing investment that starts now

Once accessibility and accommodation is promoted as a civil right on campus, there will be less resistance to the idea. So start a conversation about accessibility on your campus, and begin a campaign by learning what other campuses have done to succeed.

Read the full article to learn why accessibility should be treated as a civil right and how it can be accomplished

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