Accessibility and Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in University Campus Spaces

İlkay Dinç Uyaroğlu


Accessibility is one of the priorities of inclusive public spaces for all members of a community, with reference to the numerous man-and-environment studies since the 1960s. Enhancing accessibility of campus spaces is also a prerequisite for equalization of opportunities among all students in higher education institutions. Equal participation to the various fields of campus life as well as city life is essential for students with disabilities (SWDs) as a basic human right. SWDs generally do not benefit from educational facilities in an equal manner due to the drawback of the campus spaces regarding accessibility. This study addresses the concepts of accessibility and inclusiveness in focusing on the creation of inclusive campus spatial environment which is seen as a bounded public spatial environment. Accessibility and Inclusiveness are the concepts which are based on the complex and comprehensive relationship between person and environment with reference to both physical and social design aspects. From this manner, Universal Design and Inclusive Design can be given as an important architectural design philosophies that respond to the essential aspects of the design. This study aims to dwell on these architectural concepts to scrutinize guidelines of a holistic accessibility planning of campus spatial environment and thereby to create a real inclusive and democratic campus spaces for all, involving SWDs.

Keywords: accessibility, inclusion, campus spaces, higher education

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