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What Accessibility Means in its Fullness

by Loui Lord Nelson

The ADA helps us look at accessibility in relation to physical structures and systems. But “accessibility” in its fullness goes beyond the physical design of spaces and things to include the richness of interpersonal relationships, the culture of everyday, and personal validation:

Though beyond the scope of the ADA, these are crucial components of community inclusion and help us push for a broader understanding of accessibility.

Loui Lord Nelson is an Educational Consultant focusing on Universal Design for Learning. She may be reached at



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Retrieved from the Web site of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota ( Citation: Gaylord, V., Wieck, C., Nalker, M., Hewitt, A., & Poetz, C. (Eds). (Winter 2015). Impact: Feature Issue on the ADA and People with Intellectual, Developmental, and Other Disabilities, 28(1). [Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration].

The PDF version of this Impact, with photos and graphics, is also online at

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