Accessible Technology at the UW

This website serves as the UW’s hub for information about accessible technology. Accessible technology includes electronic documents, websites, videos, software applications, and hardware devices that can be used effectively by everyone, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors with disabilities. The UW community is collectively responsible for assuring theĀ  technologies we choose, use, and create are fully accessible. Here are a few places to start:

The above video, IT Accessibility: What Campus Leaders Have To Say, features UW President Michael Young and other university presidents, chancellors, chief information officers, and IT leaders discussing the importance of IT accessibility on college campuses. According to President Young:

We are committed to the notion that everyone should have an opportunity to participate in higher education, whether it be from the learning perspective, or the research perspective, or an opportunity to work here at this institution. We benefit from that because we get to enjoy the talents and the skills of those people who come in, and also their perspective, which in many cases will be different from the perspective of others on campus. So accessibility becomes a very important value at the university… What the university offers and makes available has to be offered to everybody. We cannot afford to waste the talents or the brilliance or the minds of anybody, and making things accessible allows everybody to engage in the university.

This video was produced by the AccessComputing project at the University of Washington and is available in a variety of other formats (with and without audio description) at uw.edu/doit/video/itaccess.

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