UW Technology provides several vehicles by which members of the UW community can collaborate, communicate, and support one another on IT accessibility issues. In addition to those listed below, more are on the way. Stay tuned to this website for further details.
Special Interest Group (SIG)
The Accessibility in IT SIG is open to all UW staff, faculty and students who are interested in supporting the effort to ensure accessibility of the UW’s IT resources. A UWNetID is required to access this resource.
AccessibleWeb@U is a community of UW web designers, developers, and other interested individuals who discuss and share ideas on accessible web design through their online discussion list and through monthly meetings. Meetings are typically held in Allen Library Auditorium the 4th Thursday of each month, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. unless otherwise announced on the email list.
- The email address for the group is firstname.lastname@example.org. You can add or remove yourself from this list via the AccessibleWeb list management page.
- The AccessWebU Blog includes notes from recent meetings.
- A complete collection of email discussions are available in the AccessibleWeb List Archives.
Activities and Events
UW Accessible IT Capacity Building Institute (CBI)
This CBI was held March 3, 9:00am – 4:00pm on the main Seattle campus, and was attended by 35 people from all three UW campuses including
web managers and developers, IT administrators and service providers, librarians, purchasing and contract officers, disability services providers, and faculty members. Representatives from Microsoft and Adobe also participated in the event. The CBI was organized in response to the growing array of programs, services, and resources at the UW that are enhanced or driven by cutting edge IT. With this increased utilization of IT, the need becomes especially critical that UW’s IT be accessible to all users, including individuals with disabilities. The goal of the CBI was to engage the UW community in a discussion that will ultimately lead to improved capacity within the university to carry out our educational mission in a way that is accessible to everyone. See the CBI Proceedings for details about the event, including proposed next steps.
Do you have ideas for additional ways that UW Technology might support collaboration on accessible IT? Please send them to Terrill Thompson.