Accessible Technology

Events & Collaboration

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) is Thursday, May 18. Now in its sixth year, the purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) access/inclusion and people with different disabilities. Additional information about GAAD is available at See below for a complete agenda of lectures, workshops, and other activities occurring throughout the day at the UW.

  • PDF Accessibility (quick overview)
    Gaby de Jongh
    Web Council Meeting
    9:00 – 10:30am, Odegaard 220
  • Improving Web Accessibility with ARIA
    Jeane Marty & Peter Graff
    10:30 – 11:00am, Odegaard 102
  • Usability meets Accessibility in UX
    Jason Civjan & Hyunju Lee
    11:00 – 11:30am, Odegaard 102
  • Accessibility Tools Showcase (Checkers & Toolbars)
    Terrill Thompson
    11:30am – Noon, Odegaard 102
  • Accessible Technology Center (ATC) Open House
    Tour of the ATC, Screen Reader Demos, and Free Pizza & Salad!
    Noon – 1:00pm, ATC, Mary Gates Hall 064
  • Everyday Tips for Increasing Accessibility
    The entire Accessible Technology Services team
    1:15 – 1:45pm, Odegaard 102
  • Captioning YouTube and Panopto Videos
    Jason Smith & Doug Hayman
    2:00 – 3:00pm, Odegaard 320
    This is a free hands-on workshop; please register to reserve your space
  • Fixing Inaccessible PDFs
    Gaby de Jongh & Anna Marie Golden
    3:00 – 4:00pm, Odegaard 320

Explore with Hadi

“Explore with Hadi” sessions provide an opportunity for UW web developers and designers to discuss accessibility issues in a relaxed, casual setting, and provide friendly feedback on accessibility of each others’ web projects.  We encourage you to bring your accessibility questions or just join us to see what others are working on. The event is hosted by Hadi Rangin, a web accessibility specialist within UW-IT Accessible Technology Services. Hadi has a Masters degree in computer science and is himself a screen reader user. so it’s a great opportunity to experience how your website might be experienced by someone using assistive technology.

Meetings are typically held on the 2nd Thursday of each month, 9:00am – 10:00am, in the Access Technology Center (MGH 064D). Refreshments are provided, but bringing along additional refreshments to share is welcome and encouraged!


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.

Quarterly Meetings

Meetings are held quarterly in Allen Library Auditorium, typically from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.. Specific meeting dates and topics are announced on the email list.