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Accessibility Map Now Available

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
May 18, 2011

The UNH Campus Accessibility Map offers descriptions of physical features of the campus such as walkway slopes, the location of steps, ramps, accessible entrances, crosswalks and the location of accessible parking.

A new map that will help individuals with walking disabilities navigate campus has been added to the map page on the UNH Website (http://facarcgis2.unh.edu
/unh_accessibility.htm
). The UNH campus accessibility map aims to help people determine the routes through campus and into buildings that will work best for them.

“This map will help create a welcoming environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors with disabilities. It provides information on campus accessibility that allows individuals with disabilities to make their own informed decisions about travel around UNH,” says Jill Gravink, director of Northeast Passage.

Northeast Passage employees and students helped gather data to create the accessibility map, which offers descriptions of physical features of the campus such as walkway slopes, the location of steps, ramps, accessible entrances, crosswalks and the location of accessible parking.

“The accessibility map is another tool to allow a wide range of persons with disabilities to be independent while on the UNH campus. While the first phase of the map has focused mostly onf persons with physical disabilities, the next phase is to include technology to allow persons with sensory, disabilities such as someone who is blind, to plan their route,” says Kathy Berger, director of Disability Services for Students. “The staff in the DSS office has plans to use it with students with hidden disabilities who have great difficulty remembering how to get from one place to another.”

The second phase, planned for this summer, will add pop-up details about accessible parking features such as the number and type of spaces; and the location of interior building features such as elevators, accessible routes through buildings and accessible rest rooms.

“The accessibility map is an important resource for the university community and visitors. It allows individuals independently to determine the most accessible routes on campus,” says Daniela Adler, co-chair of the President’s Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities. “Although we immediately think of the benefit for our community members with mobility impairments, others will benefit as well, for example, parents with strollers and our senior citizens.”

The new map is a project of the President’s Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities, in conjunction with the Affirmative Action and Equity Office, Disability Services for Students, Northeast Passage, and the UNH Energy and Campus Development GIS Group.

“The accessibility map is a great example of how members of the campus community collaborate on a daily basis to ensure that UNH programs, services and activities are accessible to all of us,” says Wendy Beckwith, EEO/ADA compliance officer.


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