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Accessibility is the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. Designing for the widest range of abilities benefits everyone whether they have a disability or not.  Here are some facts about disabilities in the U.S. and at CSULB:

  1. The CSULB Bob Murphy Access Center (BMAC) provides accommodations and support services for students with disabilities, including:  note taking, sign language interpreters and captioning, alternative media and much more.
  2. The CSULB Bob Murphy Access Center (BMAC) supports over 1700 students with disabilities.
  3. The CSULB Bob Murphy Access Center (BMAC) supports nearly 500 students with cognitive disabilities during the Spring 2019 semester.
  4. The CSULB AIM Center (Accessible Instructional Materials) serves over 200 students with print impairment, visual disability or are in need of alternative course material formats like ETECT or Braille.
  5. The CSULB AIM Center provides over 700,000 pages of text translated into alternative formats each year.
  6. The CSULB AIM Center hosts a dedicated lab for students with mobile and visual impairments.
  7. As of 2018, over 13% of US citizens have some form of disability.
  8. 40% of people with disabilities do not have enough assistance for everyday activities. 
  9. Accessibility means inclusion; CSULB is dedicated to accessible, inclusive practices.
  10. ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities.
  11. People who are visually impaired use computer keyboard shortcuts instead of the mouse.
  12. Video captions help those who are hearing impaired or have a learning disability.
  13. An estimated 6.8% of California’s population have a disability.
  14. Lawsuits have increased against businesses and schools that do not comply with web accessibility laws.
  15. Of today’s 20 year-olds, just over 1 in 4 will become disabled before they retire.
  16. Approximately 11 percent of all undergraduates reported having some form of disability.
  17. Disability inclusion, as part of a diversity strategy, is common practice among high performing businesses.
  18. Long sentences may be a barrier for someone with a learning disability. 
  19. Individuals with ambulatory disabilities may rely on online information to a greater extent than those without physical challenges.
  20. Limited access to online information is a significant barrier for those with disabilities.