Commitment to Opportunity
The University of Iowa recognizes that improved access and usability enhances the value of buildings for all of us and creates a welcoming campus climate of grace and dignity for those experiencing a disability. To allow for greater opportunities of full participation in University of Iowa events, employment, and academia, the university has accepted the challenge of moving beyond federal mandates towards Universal Design in buildings.
Universal Design and MAPPS
The University of Iowa has developed a project scoping and assessment tool titled MAPPS (Measuring Accessibility Points Plan and Standards). The model includes an extensive checklist of accessibility considerations and provides an excellent framework for scoping a project design. It also offers a rating system, similar to the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED ratings, to aid understanding the relative extent of universal design. MAPPS (Measuring Accessibility Points Plan & Standards)
Links to Additional Universal Design Resources
Universal Design for Physical Space (Course #WFMUNI) is now available to Faculty and Staff via Employee Self Service/Learning & Development/My Training. The course offers a broad knowledge base on Universal Design. It is intended to provide participants with a better understanding of what Universal Design is (and isn't), and the benefits realized when designing a built environment focused upon being inviting, welcoming, and supportive to all people. It should take less than 30 minutes to complete the course and you do not have to do this in one sitting.
Facilities Planning Framework
For questions about universal design on the UI campus or for additional information about the UI Facilities Accessibility Plan, contact:
Brian Manternach, Inclusive Design Specialist and Deputy ADA Coordinator, The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, 319-384-0654.