Northwest Association of College & University Housing Officers

2020 Artifact Showcase

2020 Artifact Showcase

This year, NWACUHO Local Arrangements Committee is branching out and trying something new within a long-standing tradition. We are welcoming submissions of artifacts that align with the theme of our key note and student panel, which is Universal Design. Below you will find more information about this topic as well as specifics for submission.

Affiliates are invited to share artifacts related to the topics of accessibility and Universal Design with a focus on how they experience or perceive accessibility on their college or university campuses.

Defining Accessibility: Accessibility can be defined as the ability for individuals to participate in or engage with a physical or non-physical environment, with or without assistive technology or devices. Inaccessibility is characterized by the existence of individual or systemic barriers which prevent someone from participating in or engaging with a physical or non-physical environment.

Defining Universal Design: Universal Design is the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability. It is a fundamental condition of good design. By considering the diverse needs and abilities of all throughout the design process, universal design creates products, services and environments that meet peoples’ needs.

Artifacts can take a variety of forms, but some examples can include: original artwork, poetry, an informational poster, audio, and video. These artifacts will be displayed and shared with NWACUHO attendees at the 2020 conference in Bellevue, WA. We ask that you utilize principles of Universal Design in sharing and displaying your artifact when possible. For example, if you provide a video, it would be accessible to others if you included closed captioning and/or a written transcript of any dialogue. For more information on Universal Design, please reference http://universaldesign.ie/What-is-Universal-Design/.


Thank you, and we look forward to your submissions.