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Hi everyone. I received this email and thought I'd forward it. It's specifically for those who have physical or possible mental disabilities and it talks about access in public buildings. It doesn't say in the letter, but it does say at the web site that you have to be living in the US to take the survey.

Also, be aware that it's quite repetative, so you're going to get a lot of the same questions multiple times, but they pertain to different types of access. I've filled out surveys for these guys before, and thought this one would be useful to some.

My final warning is that in an attempt to make the survey accessible, there seem to be a few places where there's almost too much screen-reader chatter, and you might find it helpful and necessary to use your screen-reader's refresh/redraw command. Good luck!!



INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN A RESEARCH SURVEY: MOVING VERTICALLY
Architecture’s Influence on Social Interaction



Center for Inclusive Design & Environmental Access
378 Hayes Hall, School of Architecture & Planning
3435 Main Street
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14214-3087

February 13th, 2009

Dear Sir or Madam,

A research team at the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDEA), a research center at the State University of New York’s School of Architecture and Planning in Buffalo, is currently conducting a survey about the perceptions and experiences of ramps, lifts, elevators, and escalators in public buildings. The intention of this survey is to better understand how these different building parts affect social integration and discrimination. Everybody is welcome to participate regardless of physical or cognitive ability. However, this study is especially interested in the perceptions and experiences of people who have physical disabilities affecting their mobility.

Because the research study uses anonymous online surveys, there is no risk to participants in terms of loss of confidentiality. Participating in the study will help designers generate environments that are more sensitive to the social inclusion of people who use assistance and/or assistive devices for mobility. We welcome and encourage you to pass this information on to anyone you think may be interested.


This survey can be accessed with the following link:

Click here for the survey.

Any questions and comments can be emailed to:

Send questions here.

Thank you very much! We look forward to your participation in this research study.

Principle Investigator: David M. Schoell
Research Advisor: G. S. Danford