Universal Access: Disability, Technology, and Society

This course presents an overview of human-centered technology and of its potential for increasing the quality of life and independence of disabled individuals. A substantial portion of the course is devoted to studying physical, psychological and psychosocial aspects of disability. Topics covered in class include: legislation, assistive technology, accessibility, and universal design.


  • Disabilty: definitions and sociological models.
  • The physiology and psychology of disability: mobility, sensorial, cognitive.
  • Assistive Technology (AT) for independent living: mobility, sensory aids, computer access, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).
  • Accessiblity and Universal Design.
  • Disability legislation

Note: This class is managed through eCommons.


Instructors and Assistants