July 24, 2019

UW is pivotal partner in efforts to improve software accessibility on a national scale

Read how software developers across the country are seeking the UW’s expertise in improving the accessibility of their products. The UW is helping vendors including Zoom, Canvas and Workday improve key tools for students, faculty and staff.

July 23, 2019

Learn the principles of accessibility in free four-week online course

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Sign up today for the online, asynchronous course, Accessibility 101: Principles of Inclusive Design, from Aug. 5 through Aug. 30.  Expected times commitments are 3-4 hours per week. This course will cover the basics of accessibility and universal design for learning, creating accessible documents and email, and accessible web and Canvas content, including how to…

May 31, 2019

New UW-led project focuses on increasing diversity in STEM fields

Attendees talking together at ERC-INCLUDES Capacity Building Institute

The UW recently hosted a national workshop on strategies to recruit, retain and engage underrepresented groups in STEM fields, as part of a newly funded project to improve diversity in National Science Foundation-funded programs around the country. The project, led by UW’s Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology (DO-IT) Center, in collaboration with the UW’s Engineering…

May 13, 2019

Celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 16 at UW

Students discuss together around a table. One woman signs to another. A man is in a wheelchair.

Participate in this one-day event for the UW community to mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day, featuring talks on the accessibility of course materials, social networking sites, work spaces and more. Coordinated by Accessible Technology Services, this event highlights the importance of digital access and inclusion for people with disabilities.

March 27, 2019

School of Public Health YouTube videos show best practices for captioning

Laptop has a screenshot from a School of Public Health video showing captions

Want an example of best practices for video captioning? Check out the School of Public Health’s videos on YouTube — 100 percent of the school’s videos are captioned, and they don’t use YouTube’s automated captioning service, which is not accurate enough for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, and can be confusing to…

March 21, 2019

New Canvas feature helps make course files more accessible

Visually impaired working on computer with assistive technology; braille display and screen reader.

Ally supports instructors’ efforts to facilitate accessible learning at the UW by providing information and tools to help fix accessibility issues in course files. To see the Ally Instructor Feedback feature in action, please view this short video.

March 18, 2019

UW Libraries recognized with award for accessibility efforts

Sheryl Burgstahler, Director, Accessible Technology Services, awards embraces award winner to Andy Andrews from UW Libraries

The University Libraries received the first-ever IT Capacity Building Award for their efforts to make IT information resources accessible to all faculty, staff and students at the University of Washington, including those with disabilities. The award was presented by the UW’s IT Accessibility Task Force, a group made up of representatives from across campus that…

March 1, 2019

Learn how to comply with state IT accessibility policy

Students using computer

Visit the UW’s accessibility technology website to learn how your unit can comply with the state accessibility policy and ensure that University IT resources are usable to all people, including those with disabilities. All UW units must ensure that information technology resources are usable by people with disabilities. The website includes information on Accessibility Policy…

February 19, 2019

Accessible course content available for all in Canvas with new tool

Visually impaired working on computer with assistive technology; braille display and screen reader.

The new tool, Ally, improves accessibility by generating alternative formats of course files — audio, electronic braille, or text readable by a screen reader — in Canvas, the UW’s learning management system. Download an alternative format using UW Ally.

February 11, 2019

Submit application for free UW video captioning

A screenshot of a video captioned

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. Eligible videos must be widely available and used multiple times. More than 1,016 videos from UW departments and units have already been captioned for free, totaling over 194 hours. To learn more,…

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