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Incorporating accessibility standards into building design

The University of Salford’s estates and property services department organised an extensive reasonable adjustments programme (budgeted at £1,000,000 over the period 2008–11) to reduce the need for individual adjustments. By incorporating accessibility standards into the estates project design software, the university hoped to eliminate the need to carry out costly ad hoc alterations.

Part of this programme saw the development of assistive technology rooms in two of the libraries, with the aims of reducing the need for reasonable adjustments and developing areas of disability awareness and expertise among staff. The university also installed an accessibility scanning unit to a multifunctional copier in each library to facilitate access to copy and print services for a wide range of people.