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Incentives announced for departmental accessibility self-assessments

Deadline to be eligible for incentives for completing the self-assessment is Feb. 23

Ohio University’s Presidentially Appointed Committee on Disability and Accessibility Promotion (PACDAP) Leadership Implementation Team has announced incentives for departments to complete self-assessments by Thursday, Feb. 23.

The Department Self-Assessments for Inclusion and Accessibility, which were launched on Tuesday, Jan. 24, will help University departments reflect on their efforts to incorporate accessibility planning into their day-to-day activities and identify resources needed to further those efforts.

“While many people understand that the Americans with Disabilities Act requires us to have accessible buildings and pathways for persons living with disabilities, they might not realize that we also have a responsibility to provide members of our community with equal access to our programs and services. This self-assessment primarily focuses on the latter,” said Dianne Bouvier, director for Equal Opportunity and Accessibility and ADA/504 coordinator in the Office of University Equity and Civil Rights Compliance.  

Persons who have submitted their department’s completed self-assessment by Thursday, Feb. 23, will be entered into a drawing to receive one of the following: 

  • A “Date Night” package from the Athena Cinema which includes two tickets for an Open Caption Night movie and refreshments (Mondays are Open Caption Nights)
  • A workplace ergonomic assessment for an employee by University Ergonomist Marty Dagostino
  • Two passes for a round of golf at the OU Golf Course
  • An office visit from a service puppy-in-training
  • A $30 gift card to Restaurant Salaam 
  • A walk with Athens Mayor Steve Patterson on the new accessible pathway at Sells Park

A drawing for prize-winners will take place after Tuesday, March 14, the last date to submit the self-assessment in Qualtrics. Departments who have completed the self-assessment using a “team” approach are encouraged to develop their own internal process for determining the final recipient.

A link to the self-assessment was emailed to deans, directors, chairs, and other department leaders on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Content of the self-assessment includes questions about training, policy and procedures, communication, service offerings and physical space. While serving as a reflective teaching tool and helping departments University-wide sustain accessibility and inclusion efforts, the self-assessment will give guidance on prioritizing resources for the university to improve accessibility and inclusion, as identified by department leaders. The self-assessment also allows OHIO to meet its compliance and reporting requirements as part of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act.

As a reminder, facilitators from the Leadership Implementation Team are available to help departments complete the self-assessment. Contact Dianne Bouvier at bouvier@ohio.edu for more information.