Committees, Studies & Research


Chair: Helen Wilson
The Committee on Access for Persons with Disabilities is charged with making recommendations for, and providing oversight to, projects designed to improve access for persons with disabilities to University programs and facilities.

Chair: Sarah Cole & Kristin Morgan
As a subcommittee of the Diversity Council, the purpose of this committee is to serve as a think-tank for improving access, in its broadest sense, at the University of Virginia.

Co-Chairs: Alex Lomax and Melvin Mallory
This pan-University committee was formed to effectively address the accessibility of the University’s digital environment.

Report A Barrier (RAB) is an online tool allowing students, faculty, staff, and guests of the University to report barriers to access encountered while navigating the Grounds and its facilities, attending a UVA sponsored event, in the academic setting, or when accessing our online environment. The RAB Review Team is the group of individuals who respond to the barriers identified through this tool. Membership includes representatives from the Office of Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights, the Office of the Executive Vice President & Provost, Facilities Management, Parking & Transportation, Information Technology Services, Athletics, Intramural and Recreational Sports, and the Student Disability Access Center.

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Studies, Research & Faculty Initiatives

Blue Trunk Foundation provides information about accessibility to make it easier for all people to travel regardless of age, disabilities, or health conditions. (Contact: Rupa Valdez, Assistant Professor Public Health Sciences Administration)

And on Facebook

A group of faculty from across the university committed to exploring the social and cultural aspects of disability. (Contacts: Christopher Krentz, Associate Professor of English and ASL / Elizabeth Barnes, Associate Professor of Philosophy)

We study the cognitive and social processes underlying communication to better understand and support individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. (Contact: Vikram Jaswal, Associate Professor of Psychology)