Group photograph of a class sitting around a wall displayed with different types of paintings
The Pratt Accessibility Task Force was convened in 2015 and recommended hiring a consultant to evaluate campus accessibility. In 2016 United Spinal Associates was hired to conduct a facilities accessibility study. The Task Force reconvened, bringing together campus administrators to address the findings of the evaluation. In 2017 the Task Force was officially charged and later renamed the Accessibility Advisory Committee in 2018. 

The Accessibility Advisory Committee is responsible for:

  • Using the accessibility assessment conducted by the American Spinal Association to develop a comprehensive plan for the improvement of the physical environment including priorities for implementation;

  • Recommending actions, policies, and practices needed to improve access to campus facilities and programs, and advising the appropriate individuals responsible for the implementation of those improvements.

  • Making recommendations to ensure all of Pratt’s electronic and information technologies are accessible to all individuals who wish to access them, and that accessibility is addressed in connection with the implementation and ongoing maintenance of all existing and new electronic and information technology acquisitions.

  • When appropriate, engaging consultants with specific subject matter expertise to assist with the implementation of the committee’s recommendations.

  • Communicating new and revised policies related to accessibility to the Pratt community;

  • Communication and engagement with the campus community regarding the committee’s work. 


  • Co-Chair - Cathleen Kenny, Vice President for Finance and Administration
  • Co-Chair - Helen Matusow-Ayres, Vice President for Student Affairs 
  • Joseph Hemway, Vice President for Information Technology
  • Nsombi B. Ricketts, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Steven Riccobono, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources
  • Dennis Mazone, Assistant Vice President of Campus Safety and Preparedness
  • Christopher Gavlick, Executive Director/Chief Facilities Officer
  • Elisabeth Sullivan, Director of Learning/Access Center and 504 Coordinator
  • Thomas Greene, Director of Legal Affairs
  • Kimberlae Saul, Director of Planning and Design
  • Tuan Vu, Associate Director of Residential Life and Housing
  • Luke Phillips, Registrar


View the slides from the October 2020 Accessibility Advisory Committee Town Hall. 



  • Improved wheelchair access to the Engineering Building, Chapel Hall and Main Building by installing code compliant ramps for both buildings

    • - Making the classrooms, offices, studios, galleries, workshops, the chapel, the radio station and campus ministries accessible

  • Temporary ramp installed in Willoughby Hall to provide access to Residential Life Office, Health Services and No Name Cafe programming space

  • Relocated Counseling to an accessible space in the ISC Building

  • Repairs completed to worst trip hazards, as identified by American Spinal Associates

  • Relocated the Learning/Access Center to an accessible space

    • - Made the bathroom on the first floor of the ISC accessible

  • Created a new campus map that identifies accessible routes on campus

  • Engaged signage consultants to create accessible route signage

  • Renovations to the Student Union make it almost fully accessible (one conference room and the control room are not accessible)

  • Installed elevator/lift in ARC to make 2nd floor accessible, including the weight room and adjacent yoga studio and all fitness classes

  • Created nine accessible single rooms in the new first-year student residence hall

  • Creating wheelchair accessible seating in Memorial Hall Auditorium 

  • In accordance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) standards, Interactive Services identified and addressed the majority of accessibility issues on that were discovered during two accessibility audits. Minor outstanding issues reference design choices that are necessary to adhere to Pratt’s branding and identity. However, all content is accessible through acceptable alternatives.

  • Ensured information regarding accessibility is readily available:

    • - The Pratt website includes information on the accessibility of various programs and campus spaces.

    • - The room reservation process now includes information regarding the accessibility of spaces.

    • - All public events provide information about the accessibility of the program.

    • - A process to review all events and activities to ensure accessibility has been implemented.

  • Made Pratt store items available in accessible space in the cafeteria

  • Dekalb Gallery had a ramp installed to make it fully accessible

  • Items in Progress:

    • - Willoughby Lobby is being redesigned to make all of Willoughby Hall accessible

      - Pratt House is being evaluated for how to make it accessible