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Minor, Certificate
Contact Name 
Naomi Petersen
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One fifth of the population is affected by disability, and laws protect their rights as individuals to have access. To be accessible, an environment—work, home, school, shopping, medical, leisure, and virtual/digital—must be functional for everyone. Central's accessibility studies program provides opportunities to learn about barriers that exclude people with disabilities. Moreover, it serves to ensure that every environment will accommodate everyone, regardless of ability.


Starting fall 2017 students can earn a minor or a certificate online in accessibility studies. A fast-track certificate is also offered over the summer. At CWU, almost 30 pre-professional degrees across disciplines—from business and information technology, to social services and safety and health management—have added the accessibility minor as an option to broaden their student’s employment opportunities.

Why this program 

CWU's program is the first in the country dedicated to increasing accessibility by applying universal design principles to all fields of study and careers.

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