On April 13, over 100 students, faculty and staff joined us in celebrating the opening of the AccessAbility Center, housed at 242 Frist Campus Center. The center is a new student gathering space on campus designed for universal access and intended to foster conversation about ability, access and difference.
The name "AccessAbility Center" expresses two of our core philosophies: supporting access for all and focusing on ability rather than disability. The center includes physical access features, such as an automatic door opener, adjustable-height desks and chairs, and ergonomic computer equipment. Sensory features, such as Braille labels on equipment, computer workstations with visual impairment and hearing impairment access features, guidance for blind or visually impaired students in how to get around the center independently are also included.
Students are already enjoying the psychological design features, such as cool and calming colors on the walls; four lighting options, including overhead and desktop and controlled brightness; and a white noise machine to cancel out general noise in the room, reduce distractions or provide a calming background of sounds. Also available are emoji emotion magnets, squishy balls, play dough, adult coloring books, and write 'n wipe doors to relieve stress.