In order to assess the adjustments to the accessibility of its buildings, Utrecht University uses the following baselines as starting points:
In the Integral Accessibility standard 2018, general accessibility guidelines and standards have been reworked into building technical requirements that can be applied in the design and realisation of integrally accessible projects. The standard is based on the Accessibility Handbook and various national and international guidelines and standards in the field of accessibility. Various specific interest groups and experts have also been consulted.
UU-specific starting points
For employees, students and visitors, Utrecht University accounts for situations that are not covered under the ITstandaard guidelines and norms, such as:
- principles for accessible classrooms;
- additional services where the physical accessibility is insufficient;
- special test accommodations;
- the availability of silent rooms.
Input from users and experts
An important sparring partner is the Studying without limitations platform. It is a platform for and by students with disabilities. As experience experts, they look at whether the adaptations in practice meet the wishes and needs of the user group. In addition, various discussions with specialists, other UU user groups or individual employees or students have led to new insights and further refinement of our principles for accessibility.
For specialist knowledge, for example about facilities for visually impaired people, Utrecht University works together with various advisors. Utrecht University also works together to improve accessibility. For example, with the area partners at Utrecht Science Park for an integrated approach to the site, with the municipality to also make the monumental buildings in the city centre accessible, and exchanges knowledge and information with other institutions such as Utrecht University of Applied Sciences.