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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…

June 2, 2014

Captioning UW Videos: New Service Available

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UW faculty, staff and departments now have an easy way to caption videos, making them more accessible, through an arrangement with Automatic SyncTechnologies. Captioning a 5-minute video, for example, could cost as little as $6.00 and take only 20 minutes. Information about captioning UW videos with CaptionSync is available on the revamped Accessible Technology at…

March 25, 2014

Inspirational Computer Programming Video Now Accessible for the Blind

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An inspiring video encouraging young people to learn computing programming is now accessible to blind students, thanks to a collaboration between non-profit code.org and UW’s AccessComputing project. The video features celebrities including Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, as well as popular musicians and athletes. It was adapted for blind students by adding audio description, a…