Student working on a research project.

UB Accessibility Project

Accessibility is our ability to engage, use, participate and feel that we belong to the world around us. The UB Social Systems GIS Laboratory, in collaboration with UB’s Office of Accessibility Resources and the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDEA), has designed a pilot project to explore accessibility of the built environment at the University at Buffalo. The purpose of this project is to increase awareness around how people who attend and work at UB may experience the campus in very different ways. For the vast majority, access to different buildings and facilities on campus is taken for granted, however, many individuals must consciously plan their entry into different buildings based upon the availability and location of an automated door or ramp. Doors, in this sense are both real and metaphorical as they represent a very clear symbol of accessibility and movement within and across the campus. Although this pilot project is still in its early stages, plans are underway to significantly increase the range of our survey in the fall of 2015, expanding our study to include the entirety of both North and South campuses. In addition, we plan to increase and expand the criteria by which we evaluate these different entryways. This will be supplemented by a qualitative survey of attitudes and perceptions of accessibility of students, faculty and staff at UB to provide a more nuanced understanding of perceptions and attitudes related to accessibility across different sections of the campus population. Secondary Contact: Hans Harmsen;

Research Project Information

Student Skill-Set Needed: Ability to work independently
Compensation: Volunteer, Work Study
Available: Fall, Spring


For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:

Faculty Member: Ezra Zubrow
Title: Professor
Department: Anthropology
Office: 466 Richmond, Bldg. 4
Phone: 645-0411