“When you go to look at university infrastructure … it’s hard to point to a space and say, this is an intentionally designed safe space. For the most part I think architects feel like they’ve done their job if they meet accessible agendas within the building code … My opinion on that is that’s not enough,” said Robert Adams, associate professor of architecture, in a recent Michigan Daily article focused on Computer Assisted Real-time Transcription (CART) and other programs to increase accessibility at the University of Michigan.
According to the Michigan Daily article, “This year, the University of Michigan’s Equity, Civil Rights and Title IX Office launched [CART], which instantly transcribes spoken English to written text. Students with CART accommodations are able to read what is being said in their lecture or discussion in real time. Though the CART program’s pilot stage was funded through a one-time $50,000 request, ECRT officials aim to make the resource permanent. Additionally, the University is adding nearly 100 new automatic doors and hired two new American Sign Language interpreters to work in the ECRT.”
Read “UMich Implements CART and Other Programs to Increase Accessibility” in the Michigan Daily.