Welcome to Access Urbana-Champaign! Access Urbana-Champaign is a collective effort from individuals at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Burke spearheaded the development of Access Urbana-Champaign after learning about the Access Nashville project created at the Vanderbilt University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Having a son with a physical disability, Dr. Burke personally recognized the importance of having accessible restaurants available to individuals with disabilities and their families.
Undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign annually review the accessibility of restaurants in Urbana-Champaign. By learning about accessibility in the area, the students develop a heightened awareness of the importance of accessibility.
Student interns from the ATLAS (Applied Technologies for Learning in the Arts and Sciences) Internship Program developed the website for Access Urbana-Champaign. As we receive new accessibility information annually, the website will continue to be updated to provide current information about restaurants in the area.
If you’d like to find out more, click here to read a News Article published by the Illinois News Bureau about the project!
For questions and concerns, please contact Dr. Meghan Burke (firstname.lastname@example.org).