Many efforts have been made in the last thirty years to make the world and particularly the built environment more accessible to people with a variety of disabilities. Regulations and laws have been introduced to ensure that the planning, design and construction of buildings and urban places provides adequately for such users. Barriers, mostly physical, have been removed and research has formed principles and concepts on which to base decision-making in the building industry. Universal Design (UD) has gained importance as a research area. On the other hand, risks continue to exist for people with disabilities. Howard in his provocative book “Death of Common Sense: How Law is Suffocating America” (1996) shows many examples that quests for a completely barrier-free world often fail due to the idea of trying to achieve an ideal world. The physical environment is complex with many hurdles and barriers that must be overcome. Common sense indicates that to intervene in a complex world step by step solutions are most appropriate. This paper presents a pro-active project in relation to the Campus of the University of Campinas, UNICAMP, Brazil. An accessible route for users with physical and visual disabilities was traced. The project is part of a larger proposal to make the UNICAMP Campus more accessible and in conformity with a Brazilian UD law. The project has four phases: evaluation of the situation; identification of important sites and points of interest; creation of the accessible route and the production of a tactile map. The project still depends on an implementation phase, demanding the removal of physical barriers and improving wayfinding through sign installations. This phase depends on the Campus administration and some allocation of financial resources, but is seen as a collaborative work between the authors of the accessible route project and the University itself. Finally making users aware of this route is a communication necessity, which can be embraced by several existing entities of the University already engaged in giving assistance to users with disabilities. The accessible route was presented to some of these users and the tactile map was tested with visually impaired persons. Results showed that the route passes through the principal points of interest, according to such users. The tactile map on the other hand was shown to be too complex, needing simplification of its information. The scale of the map also needs to be increased to facilitate its manipulation and increase the understanding of its purpose. Through the proactive project the risks inherent in the complexity of the UNICAMP campus are not removed yet. On the other hand, steps, however small but significant, have been taken to increase the accessibility of this University environment.