Presentation Title

Content Analysis of the Selected Accessibility Services Websites at the U 15 Group : What Services Are Available?

Format of Presentation

Poster to be presented the Friday of the conference

Abstract

Accessibility is not only a requirement put forth by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but it is necessary to equalize university access for disabled individuals. The aim of this presentation is to share results of the study to determine what accessibility services are provided by 4 of the U15 group of research universities, through the use of institutional accessibility centres' websites.

This research investigated accessibility services on websites of specific Canadian universities and used the Kouroupetroglou, Pino, and Kacorri (2011) three-tiered model to determine if additional services are available at Canadian universities that were not captured by the original model.

The explorative pilot study utilized qualitative content analyses techniques outlined by White and Marsh (2006). Their main research question “what accessibility services are available according to the university website” will guide the initial approach to the data, but the process will be inductive and “the evidence [will play a] significant role in shaping the analysis…” (p.37).

These preliminary findings of the study will be shared. The study findings contribute to accessibility knowledge that is required to strengthen accessibility centers across Canada. The study can benefit universities as they can compare their efforts on providing campus accessibility and highlight areas of excellence and future growth based on the data generated by the project. Canadian universities accessibility service representatives could then update their accessibility websites based on the recommendations from the study to better inform disabled students on what supports they can receive. This research is beneficial to Canadian government efforts to increase accessibility, and to disabled students’ knowledge of accessibility services that are provided by Canadian universities.

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Social Work

Faculty Advisor

Oleksandr Kondrashov

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Content Analysis of the Selected Accessibility Services Websites at the U 15 Group : What Services Are Available?

Accessibility is not only a requirement put forth by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but it is necessary to equalize university access for disabled individuals. The aim of this presentation is to share results of the study to determine what accessibility services are provided by 4 of the U15 group of research universities, through the use of institutional accessibility centres' websites.

This research investigated accessibility services on websites of specific Canadian universities and used the Kouroupetroglou, Pino, and Kacorri (2011) three-tiered model to determine if additional services are available at Canadian universities that were not captured by the original model.

The explorative pilot study utilized qualitative content analyses techniques outlined by White and Marsh (2006). Their main research question “what accessibility services are available according to the university website” will guide the initial approach to the data, but the process will be inductive and “the evidence [will play a] significant role in shaping the analysis…” (p.37).

These preliminary findings of the study will be shared. The study findings contribute to accessibility knowledge that is required to strengthen accessibility centers across Canada. The study can benefit universities as they can compare their efforts on providing campus accessibility and highlight areas of excellence and future growth based on the data generated by the project. Canadian universities accessibility service representatives could then update their accessibility websites based on the recommendations from the study to better inform disabled students on what supports they can receive. This research is beneficial to Canadian government efforts to increase accessibility, and to disabled students’ knowledge of accessibility services that are provided by Canadian universities.