Accessibility and Inclusion

The UCLA Tarjan Center is dedicated to championing accessibility and inclusion as foundational values across all our projects and programs. Our commitment extends to timely national and state issues, policies, programs, and resources that significantly impact the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

Our dissemination materials are designed to:
  1. Create Public Awareness: We work to raise public awareness about the experiences and needs of people with disabilities. 
  2. Promote Understanding: We strive to enhance people's understanding of individuals with disabilities by providing accurate and evidence-based information.
  3. Celebrate Diversity: We are dedicated to showcasing positive images of people with disabilities from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, highlighting the rich tapestry of human experiences.

 

We engage with diverse and underserved communities, collaborate with other University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs), family resource centers, state and local agencies, universities, colleges, and media outlets that serve individuals with disabilities and their families.

Universal Design and Accessibility Guidelines:

The UCLA Tarjan Center is committed to maximizing usability for individuals with diverse needs and preferences by applying principles of universal design. We have developed resources, such as Accessibility Guidelines, that are provided to presenters at our lecture series and community training events. For on-site conferences and events, we ensure accessible facilities and event space configuration to welcome and accommodate wheelchair users, individuals who are blind or deaf, and others with specific needs.

Multiple Formats and Accessibility Features:

Online, we provide multiple formats to ensure that people can access our information and training materials. These include webinar recordings, PowerPoint slides, captioning, and transcripts. To further accommodate diverse needs, we make sign language interpreters and large-print materials available during our meetings and training sessions.

Plain Language and Sensitivity to Language:

Tarjan Center Faculty and Staff are enthusiastic about communicating their work to both professional and lay audiences. We have developed skills in plain language and have begun serving on national and state committees related to plain language, such as the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). We also recognize the importance of using sensitive and respectful language. For instance, we acknowledge the growing movement toward identity-first language, particularly among the autistic community. In our communications, we aim to be adaptable, using language that respects the preferences and sensitivities of people with developmental disabilities, while avoiding pejorative or stigmatizing terms.