2016 Class Gift: Assistive Technology Resource Center
2016 Class Gift
Olin College of Engineering’s Class of 2016 would like to establish an Accessibility Resource Center as the senior class gift, ensuring that everyone who comes to the Olin campus can take full advantage of all that Olin offers.
Accessibility at Olin College
An accessible space is one in which products, devices, services, or the very nature of the environment supports both directly and indirectly those with disabilities. A disability can be physical, mental, or psychological and fall on a spectrum of visibility to a community. Additionally, a disability can be temporal - lasting only a short-term or stretching to a lifetime. For Olin community members with disabilities, the experience of hands-on, computer-oriented, active work in the classroom and in the office, can be drastically different than the intent of the experience designer. Olin’s conference and meeting spaces, library, computer lab, dorms, and office spaces can all be improved to support present and future students, faculty, and staff members with disabilities.
This assistive technologies shared resource center is intended to create a more inclusive campus - allowing students to feel more effective on their teams or classes, allowing faculty members to connect with their students’ unique and individual learning styles, allowing staff to feel comfortable in their environment. Creating a more openly inclusive campus also provides a greater opportunity to teach the community about disability, accessibility, and universal design. Creating a more accessible campus can also lead to a more diverse campus, which the present Olin community has advocated for strongly.
Why Accessibility Matters
Any person who becomes a part of our community should feel supported in it - not just by the people, but by the environment itself. Our campus should align with our vision of creating diverse leaders and engineers in an increasingly accessible world.
It is imagined that at the end of the Spring 2016 semester, the Class will have ordered the first resources and have a dedicated space established on campus.
Please join us today by giving a gift at the level you are most comfortable with to ensure that the class can have a set of assistive technology resources in place for the summer. Every gift gets us closer to our $3000 goal. Thank you! Contact Jessica Diller ’16 or Victoria Preston ’16 with any questions about this project.