Accessible Technology

Accessible Technology at the UW

UW announces new IT Accessibility Guidelines

The University of Washington values diverse experiences and perspectives and strives to fully include everyone who engages with the UW. Inaccessible information technology (IT) negatively impacts people with a variety of disabilities, including mobility/orthopedic impairments, sensory impairments, specific learning disabilities, attention deficits, autism spectrum disorders, speech impairments, health impairments, and psychiatric conditions.

For many years, UW-IT Accessible Technology Services and other IT leaders have consulted with campus units in making IT accessible to all faculty, students, staff and visitors. More recently, the UW’s commitment to equal access to IT has been more formally stated through publication of IT Accessibility Guidelines.

The Guidelines, signed on May 1, 2015 by Kelli Trosvig, Vice President for UW-IT and CIO, state that the UW looks to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Level AA for guidance in meeting its IT accessibility commitments.

In addition to the Guidelines, UW-IT Accessible Technology Services has created an IT Accessibility Checklist, which provides specific techniques and testing methods to assist the UW community including web designers, developers, content creators, and purchasing agents, in meeting the Guidelines when creating and procuring IT.

About This Website

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 the  technologies we choose, use, and create are fully accessible. In addition to the IT Accessibility Guidelines and accompanying Checklist, here are a few additional starting points for learning more about IT accessibility: