IT Connect

Information technology tools and resources at the UW

March 24, 2017

UW Accessible IT Capacity Building Institute to build knowledge, skills

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The UW Accessible IT Capacity Building Institute on April 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. will explore how to develop, procure and use technology that is accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities. Sponsored by UW-IT’s Accessible Technology Services, the Institute provides information on accessibility and opportunities to discuss how to implement policies that…

March 1, 2017

Learn to design accessible PDFs – for free

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Find out how to make PDFs accessible with online training provided by Lynda.com. No subscription? No problem. Learn how a public library card can get you free access on the DO-IT website. Remember, a new state policy requires information posted on University websites to be accessible. PDFs need bookmarks, alternative text and other information to…

January 31, 2017

It’s not too late! Submit application for free UW video captioning

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You can apply to have your UW video captioned by UW-IT’s Accessible Technology Services for no charge, making it more accessible to everyone. Competitive applications are for videos that will be widely available and used multiple times. Accessible Technology Services in UW-IT has already worked on 102 videos, totaling 49 hours of free captioning for individuals, departments, and…

January 10, 2017

New state accessibility policy affects all UW units; help is available

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UW units need to ensure that information technology (IT) they develop, buy and use to make UW resources available is usable by those with disabilities, as required by Accessibility Policy #188. Adopted in August by the Washington State Office of the Chief Information Officer, it covers websites, web-based applications, e-documents, multimedia and more. In late…

September 9, 2016

Free video captioning, research study

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Take advantage of the opportunity to have UW-IT’s Accessible Technology Services caption your highly viewed UW video presentation at no charge, making it more accessible to everyone. To qualify, videos should be used multiple times in one or more courses, or provided for the public on a department’s website. Instructors and units may apply online…

September 29, 2015

New Funding to Improve Accessibility of NSF Engineering Research Centers

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Those with disabilities will have improved access to the activities of National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Centers, thanks to a two-year NSF grant for UW DO-IT’s AccessERC initiative. These centers join academia, industry and government to produce transformational engineered systems and engineering graduates adept at innovation. The ultimate impact of AccessERC will be to…

September 1, 2015

UW-Led AccessComputing Initiative Receives Additional NSF Funds

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The field of computing will be further enhanced with the talents and perspectives of people with disabilities, thanks to an almost $4 million National Science Foundation grant to the UW-led Alliance for Access to Computing Careers (AccessComputing). The new funding will help increase the number of people with disabilities completing computing degrees, assist postsecondary institutions…

August 10, 2015

Make Your Videos Accessible With Able Player

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Ensure your videos are accessible with the open-source Able Player, a fully accessible cross-browser HTML5 media player originally developed by UW-IT’s Technology Accessibility Specialist Terrill Thompson. Now available free from GitHub, Able Player supports closed captions, audio descriptions, interactive transcripts, chapters within video, variable playback rate and synchronized sign language.

May 12, 2015

Global Accessibility Awareness Day and Access Technology Center Open House: May 21

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Drop by to learn about the Access Technology Center at UW Seattle during an Open House celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 21, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. in Mary Gates Hall 064. The Center provides accessibility consultations and demonstrates a wide variety of hardware, software and furniture for users with disabilities. Stop by…

March 8, 2015

Creating Accessible Videos at the UW

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The benefits of adding captions to videos are highlighted in a new eight-minute UW-IT video featuring UW professors, students, and accessibility and IT specialists sharing their experiences. The video, Captions: Improving Access to Postsecondary Education, shows that captions not only benefit those who are deaf or hard of hearing, but also help students for whom…