March 27, 2020

Moving your course online? Here’s how to make it accessible

A person using a computer with accessible technology equipment.

Check out 20 tips for teaching an accessible online class and 30 web accessibility tips, brought to you by theUW’s DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology).

March 18, 2020

Use Ally in Canvas to ensure online content is accessible to all students

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

A tool called 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. Students can download an alternative format using UW Ally.

March 9, 2020

Make your PDFs accessible with free, limited-time service

Got a PDF that isn’t accessible? Accessible Technology Services will remediate a limited number of inaccessible PDF files without charge for individuals and UW units. To be eligible, materials must be highly visible, high-impact, multiple use, and/or strategic PDF documents, such as those publicly available on a high-use website; documents that will be used multiple…

November 6, 2019

Making IT tools and resources accessible to all

Man in a wheelchair uses computer keyboard

Read how UW Bothell’s Ana Thompson and about 100 other accessibility liaisons are working to bring accessibility to all at the UW.

October 25, 2019

Help make informal science learning more accessible to people with disabilities

Young students checking out a science display

Grad students who work in science fields or participate in informal science learning are invited to join a new Community of Practice focused on making informal science learning more welcoming and accessible to individuals with disabilities. This includes students involved in museology, zoos, science centers, science events and others. The effort is part of a…

October 21, 2019

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

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

Sign up today for the online, asynchronous course, Accessibility 101: Principles of Inclusive Design, from Oct. 28 through Nov. 22.  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…

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.

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…

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