Campus Design

Access at McGill is a Priority

McGill is generally accessible to students who use a wheelchair. If you require information on accessible entrances, washrooms, cafeterias, classrooms and other University facilities, contact the OSD/myAccess.

If it becomes apparent that your class or seminar is scheduled in a difficult or inaccessible location, you should inform the OSD/myAccess office and we will have the class moved to an accessible room.

The University allocates $400,000 per year towards making McGill facilities more accessible. Suggestions for projects, which will improve accessibility, can be forwarded to the teri.phillips [at] (subject: Access%20at%20McGill) (Director of the OSD).

Application of Universal Design to Create a Barrier Free Campus

What is Universal Design?

The intent of Universal Design is to simplify life for everyone by making products, communications, and the built environment more usable by as many people as possible at little or no extra cost. Universal Design benefits people of all ages and abilities.

–North Carolina State Center for Universal Design

Universal Design is therefore a framework, which is increasingly appealing as it allows for legal imperatives surrounding access to be addressed on learners at large.  Design and conception are the focus, rather than the individual or any specific impairment.  Universal Design is originally and historically an architectural framework which includes 7 principles.

A Chart outlining the 7 principles of universal design

PRINCIPLE ONE: Equitable Use

The design is useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities.

PRINCIPLE TWO: Flexibility in Use

The design accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and abilities.

PRINCIPLE THREE: Simple and Intuitive Use

Use of the design is easy to understand, regardless of the user’s experience, knowledge, language skills, or current concentration level.

PRINCIPLE FOUR: Perceptible Information

The design communicates necessary information effectively to the user, regardless of ambient conditions or the user’s sensory abilities.

PRINCIPLE FIVE: Tolerance for Error

The design minimizes hazards and the adverse consequences of accidental or unintended actions.

PRINCIPLE SIX: Low Physical Effort

The design can be used efficiently and comfortably and with a minimum of fatigue.

PRINCIPLE SEVEN: Size and Space for Approach and Use

Appropriate size and space is provided for approach, reach, manipulation, and use regardless of user’s body size, posture, or mobility

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