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Today’s students expect support for learning differences and accessible environments; and today’s faculty and staff include people with diverse physical abilities.

A Case History

Northeastern University

Northeastern University offers a distinctive approach to education and research through its undergraduate Co-op Program. KMA is training the co-op students working in Northeastern’s Capital Planning and Development office to conduct ‘access audits,’ using iPads loaded with KMA’s Access Planning Software. Working with its Disability Resource Center, the University developed priorities for barrier removal and integrated those priorities into its access audit protocols. This collaborative process is yielding an accurate portrait of Northeastern’s accessible programs and facilities on its Boston campus, and a pragmatic plan for continued barrier removal through maintenance, alterations, and capital projects.

Amherst College

Amherst College, one of America’s premier liberal arts colleges, is developing a universal access plan for its historic campus in western Massachusetts. Sustainability is a core goal for Amherst College, and social sustainability – including accessibility and universal design – is included in its planning. KMA helped Amherst College to conduct very cost-effective access audits of over 50 of its campus facilities as well as its pedestrian walkways and accessible parking. The results of these reports help guide the College in establishing priorities for barrier removal as part of maintenance, alterations, and new construction.

Representative Clients
Higher Education
Babson College
Berklee College of Music
Boston College
Brandeis University
Brown University
City University of New York
Fletcher School of Diplomacy, Tufts University
Gettysburg College
Harvard University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Middlebury College
Rhode Island School of Design
Swarthmore College
University of Massachusetts, Boston
University of Massachusetts, South Darmouth
University of Massachusetts Medical School
University of San Francisco
Wellesley College
Wheelock College
Williams College
Acton Junior High School
Alice Fulton School
Andover High School
Ashby School
Ayer Public School
Blue Hills Regional Technical School
Cape Cod Technical High School
Central Middle School
Chandler and Alden School
City of Medford
Fall River Public Schools
Hingham Public Schools
Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School
Lincoln School
Lynn English High School
McKinley Elementary School
Plymouth North High School
Shore Country Day School
Southeastern Regional Technical Vocational School
Sterling Middle School