Designing innovative solutions and studying barriers to accessibility at Minority Serving Higher Education Institutions in the United States

CAMI's research study examines the academic experiences of students with print-related disabilities. Specifically, we are investigating the impact of accessible materials on student’s academic success and persistence. In addition, we are exploring the experiences and perspectives of Disability Service Providers.

Students were eligible to participate in the research study only if the institution that they attended was one of the more than 50 colleges participating in the research study. Students attending participating institutions must also meet the following requirements:

  • Diagnosed with a documented print-related disability (those that impair their ability to read standard print, including but not limited to, visual impairment, learning disabilities, or motor disabilities).
  • Actively enrolled as a first-year or second-year student in the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Identify as an ethnic/racial minority.

Institutional preparation for the research began in the spring of 2016, and the program ran through summer 2018. The study will likely be extended for an additional year in order to track student academic program completion.

Working with dedicated AMAC team members and research staff, Dr. Julie Ancis from Georgia Tech's Office of Institute Diversity is leading the research study.