Help with Web Accessibility
If you are a UW faculty or staff member, there are various options available for receiving individual help with the accessibility of your website.
Support from the Community
The Accessibility in IT Special Interest Group (SIG) is a group of fellow UW faculty and staff who actively support one another on web accessibility issues. Most of this support takes place through the accessibleweb@u discussion list. Questions posted to the list are sometimes very basic, and sometimes challenging. Both are typically answered promptly by someone on the list, and some questions generate interesting discussions from which we all benefit. For more information about the SIG and discussion list, see our Collaboration on Accessible IT page.
Access Hack Sessions
In 2009, the Accessibility in IT SIG is launching a series of "hack" sessions in which volunteers can receive support from the group on accessibility of their web sites. Sites that present particularly interesting accessibility challenges may be profiled on the AccessWeb U Blog, so we can all learn from each others' sites. If you would like to volunteer your site for an upcoming Access Hack session, please complete our Access Hack Request Form.
Two programs at the UW have received funding from the National Science Foundation to provide web accessibility support to specific academic groups.
- AccessComputing is led by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology), and is funded to increase the participation of people with disabilities in computing fields. For assistance with accessibility of academic web sites in computing-related disciplines, contact Terrill Thompson.
- AccessSTEM is led by DO-IT, and is funded to increase the participation of people with disabilities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. For assistance with accessibility of academic web sites in STEM disciplines, contact Terrill Thompson.
Accessible Web Design Support
- Access Technology Center (ATC)
in the Computing Resource Center
The ATD offers accessible resource design consulting and testing. Contact ATD Manager Dan Comden at email@example.com
- Creative + Communications
C+C offers Web site accessibility assistance in developing new sites or modifying old ones.
UWCreative provides consulting services on accessible Web design.