November 26, 2018

UW joins national movement calling for K-12 computer science education to be accessible

Older woman helping younger woman in wheelchair

A program led by the University of Washington and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, calls for K-12 computing curriculum to be more accessible and bring computer science (CS) education to all K-12 students. The program, AccessCSforAll, is also partnering with a consortium of computer science K-12 educators. More than 100 organizations have signed the…

November 19, 2018

Holiday Toy Hackathon helps make play possible for kids with disabilities

Students volunteer at the Holiday Toy Hackathon modified store-bought toys to make them accessible for kids with motor limitations or developmental disabilities

Student volunteers at the Holiday Toy Hackathon modified store-bought toys to make them accessible for kids with motor limitations or developmental disabilities. The Nov. 11 event was sponsored by the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology in partnership with the HuskyADAPT student organization (short for Accessible Design And Play Technology). Read more about students making play…

August 27, 2018

Trailblazers honored for efforts to forge new paths for people with disabilities

Trailblazer awards with DO-IT Director

Four individuals were honored with “Trailblazer” awards by the DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center for the work they do to change how the world views people with disabilities and to increase the potential of people with disabilities to succeed in college, careers, and community life. The Trailblazer award winners were Shiri Azenkot (Cornell…

August 24, 2018

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 720 videos from UW departments and units have already been captioned for free, totaling over 178 hours. To learn more,…

July 26, 2018

Computer scientist’s loss of sight led him to improve software accessibility

Hadi Rangin. Photo by Matthew Lieb/The Whole U

Hadi Rangin went blind three decades ago, but his vision for universally accessible software has led to changes in a range of products, including Canvas, Panopto and Zoom. Read how Hadi went from losing hope to having lasting impact — at the UW and beyond — in The Whole U’s Staff Story.

July 25, 2018

Participant at 2018 Global Accessibility Awareness Day shares her take-aways

Maddie Romansic tries out assistive technology. Photo by Elizabeth Lee

From learning about free tools to making websites more accessible to trying out available assistive technologies, Maddie Romansic from our regional medical library shares her take-aways from the day. Equal access to biomedical information through a nationwide network of health sciences libraries and information centers is key to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s…

July 23, 2018

High school students with disabilities experience college life in DO-IT summer program

DO-IT Scholars working together

High school students with disabilities from Washington state will live and study at the UW for two weeks this July as part of a summer program offered by the Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT) Center. Participating students get access to technology, college preparation, peer support and mentoring. The program encourages high school students with…

July 20, 2018

Explore contributions of the disability community in E-resource and Allen Library exhibit

Runner at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Brazil

One in seven people experiences disability, according to the World Bank, but their contributions are largely absent from scholarship in history, arts and other disciplines. Disability in the Modern World, an online collection brought to you by UW Libraries, fills this gap with access to historical documents, television programs, magazines, and more. Also, visit “Disability:…

July 12, 2018

Attend presentation by renowned disability rights leader on Aug. 1

Headshot of John Kemp

Register for free to attend this thought-provoking exploration of the disability civil rights movement led by celebrated advocate for people with disabilities, John Kemp, on Aug. 1 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. in the Husky Union Building. The event is sponsored by DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center at UW.

June 13, 2018

Two graduates find cornerstone to career in accessibility

Alex Mooc and Brandon Mar stand facing a window

Brandon Mar and Alex Mooc have more than their new undergraduate degrees to give them a leg up in the technology job market. They can point to their substantial experience working in accessibility.

Read about them here.

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