The University of Wollongong is committed to establishing and promoting an equitable, accessible and inclusive environment across all that we do encompassing teaching, learning, research, engagement, operations and our culture.
Implementing this Accessibility Action Plan helps us to address key areas of need, and confirms our commitment to Universal Design as the essential component to achieving success.
Universal Design, according to The Center for Universal Design, is the “design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialised design”. At UOW, we are working to adopt the principles of Universal Design in our teaching, learning, research and operational activities so that universal access by all individuals of all backgrounds and abilities is the minimum standard (refer to page 16 for more information on Universal Design principles.)
The Accessibility Action Plan provides a coordinated and accountable approach to achieving our vision of an inclusive university for all students, staff and visitors.
UOW’s values recognise the importance of investing in both students and staff to ensure individuals are able to reach their potential and make meaningful contributions to the university and greater community.
The UOW Strategic Plan (2016 – 2020) encourages inclusive practices by promoting equality and diversity across all aspects of the university from study, to work, to events run by the university and other forms of community engagement. The UOW Strategic Plan underpins the major goals and direction of the Accessibility Action Plan 2019 – 2021.
UOW is committed to providing an environment that facilitates the success of all students and staff living with disability, and to the provision of an inclusive culture where all individuals can actively participate and excel in their studies or work.