Inclusive Design

Assistive Technology

Universal Design and Facilities Accessibility

Facility Progress Updates

Information on Recent and Past Campus Accessibility Improvements

Commitment to Opportunity

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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

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Universal Design addresses a broader mission that recognizes choices and differences between various design options. It integrates usability with other important design concerns like aesthetics and sustainable design. PDF iconUniversal Design Brochure

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.

Universal Design New York

On-line Courses

Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments

Facilities Planning Framework

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To meet the needs of future populations and transform the University of Iowa into an inviting, supportive and universally accessible environment requires the university take a long-term view that is guided by a planning framework and informed by current assessments.

PDF iconFacilities Accessibility Plan (.pdf)


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.