building Information Technology Skills

Enabling Spaces


In this lesson, students will learn how to conduct an accessibility assessment of a local community streetscape.


clipboard, paper, and pen
map of neighborhood
accessibility checklist a
accessibility checklist b

Assign roles for your field work: photographer, mapper (w/ clipboard); notetaker

Using one of the two audit checklists linked above, conduct an access audit of the Boriquén Gateway Plaza, located at the intersection of 6th and Norris Streets in North Philadelphia.

This is a new development created through the efforts of the local Latino organization, Asociación de Puertorriqueños en Marcha.


What was the proportion of disabled people to non-disabled people?

How will people with physical and sensory impairments get to this shopping center?

How accessible are the areas between shops for people with physical and sensory impairments?

How do the shops provide for people with learning and developmental disabilities (such as visual signs, or color coding)?

How many specialized services are provided in the immediate area (such as accessible toilets)?

What conclusions can you draw from your audit?

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