Accessibility Tools

As part of the Inclusive Higher Education Toolkit, this project developed the Inclusive Higher Education Canvas. This is a visualization tool that provides a holistic overview of the key aspects of an inclusive higher education institution. It is a tool for reflecting on the current (and possibly future) inclusive policies and practices. The Canvas is organized into 9 puzzle pieces, which represent the 3 core dimensions of the Inclusive Higher Education Framework (policies, practices, and accessibility). Each dimension consists of 3 standards, which guide discussions and analysis of the inclusive profile of a higher education institution: 

  1. Policies: National level, Regional level, University level
  2. Practices: Administration, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning 
  3. Accessibility: Physical, Digital, Social and Attitudinal 


Ideally, the Inclusive Higher Education Checklist should be completed before using this Canvas. The Inclusive Higher Education Framework is also a good source and support for reflection.

How to use the Canvas:

  1. Set your institution’s goals 
  2. Print the Canvas in poster format
  3. Individually or in teams discuss each standard (you can go through all the standards or focus on the standards that the Checklist has indicated as most urgent) 
  4. Use markers and Post It notes to document the results of your discussion 
  5. After filling the puzzle pieces, discuss the whole canvas and concentrate on its consistency 
  6. Continue with the Inclusive Higher Education SWOT-analysis to define strengths, weaknesses, challenges and opportunities or go straight to the Inclusive Higher Education Strategy Worksheet to list next steps, milestones, and timeframes.

Check it out here: