Beyond the Lab 2021
Beyond the Lab 2021 - Disrupting Dis/Ability
The Humanities Lab Fall 2020 – Disrupting Dis/Ability Lab students decided to carry over their initiative to the Spring 2021 Beyond the Lab program in order to build upon their Lab’s original impact outcome – developing a new layer on ASU’s Interactive Campus Map. Their goal was to map access across all four of ASU's metro-Phoenix campuses to identify accessible restrooms, building entrances and other pertinent information regarding physical access.
The students, Jordyn Stebbins, David Jaulus, Christine Leavitt, Samantha Gillette, Melissa Richardson and RaNiyah Taylor – worked closely with ASU’s ADA Compliance Coordinator (Peter Fischer), GIS Enterprise Developer (Karen Fisher), and Director of Digital Transformation (Bobby Gray) as well as their faculty mentors Humanities Lab co-director (Heather Switzer) and professor (Annika Mann) to create the accessibility ‘layer’ to ASU’s Interactive Map.
The accessibility layer is now live on the ASU Interactive Map and viewable HERE.
To learn more about this impact outcome continue scrolling below...
Project in Action
The Mapping Access team held mapping 'events,' such as the one shown in this image. Volunteers were invited to join the core team to assist in mapping individual buildings restrooms, entry points and beyond.
During volunteer mapping events, the Mapping Access team broke volunteers out into groups and shared instructions for how to measure spaces, notate access points and record the data that would be entered into the app that supports ASU's interactive map.
Fall 2020 Disrupting Dis/Ability Lab and Spring 2021 Beyond the Lab student RaNiyah Taylor and Humanities Lab co-director Juliann Vitullo, record data as they map access on the ASU West campus.
Fall 2020 Disrupting Dis/Ability Lab and Spring 2021 Beyond the Lab student Davis Jaulus takes part in the mapping access project data collection on the ASU West campus.
Measuring entry points of different doorways, bathrooms, etcetera was part of the data mapping process.
Team members and volunteers visited various locations throughout the campuses to determine levels of accessibility. They recorded data and uploaded the information into the app that supports the ASU Interactive Map.
RaNiyah Taylor's Thesis
During the following Fall semester, RaNiyah Taylor—one of the student organizers behind Mapping Access @ ASU—created "A Guide for Universities to Cultivate Inclusion," a booklet to help guide students' implementation of inclusive accessibility projects on campus for her Barrett Honors Thesis. She also designed a website to house the booklet as well as documentation of the Mapping Access @ ASU project that can be viewed here.
See Humanities Lab's interview with Taylor to the right and images of her thesis defense below.