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Accessible Technology

IT Accessibility Leadership

Accessibility is everyone’s responsibility.  If you create websites, software, videos, or electronic documents; or if you procure technology that others will use, it is your responsibility to ensure these technologies are accessible to all users. The University of Washington (UW) is committed to providing leadership and support to help its community as it embraces this responsibility. Leadership is organized into the following three groups.

IT Accessibility Task Force

The IT Accessibility Task Force was founded in 1992 and charged by the UW Vice President and CIO, UW- IT and Vice President, Office of External Affairs to develop and implement plans for promoting IT accessibility and establishing best practices campus-wide. It continues to meet monthly to:

  • Continue taking steps toward more accessible UW websites and other IT and institutionalizing cooperative relationships between key stakeholder groups.
  • Develop strategies that can be applied campus-wide, such as accessibility audits, progress reports, and the availability of tools to facilitate accessibility efforts.
  • Recommend steps toward a more coordinated campus-wide effort in promoting the design of accessible websites and other IT.

It submits annual reports of progress and recommendations to project sponsors.

Following is a list of current Task Force members, organized by unit.

University Marketing and Communications

  • Gina Hills, Director, Web Communications (co-chair)
  • Thom Thorpe, Associate Director, Web Development

UW-IT

  • Sheryl Burgstahler, Director, Accessible Technology Services (ATS) (co-chair)
  • Dan Comden, Access Technology Center Manager, ATS
  • Doug Hayman, Senior Computer Specialist, ATS
  • Hadi Rangin, IT Accessibility Specialist, ATS
  • Nick Rohde, Web and Content Developer
  • Terrill Thompson, Technology Accessibility Specialist, ATS

Human Resources

  • Ian Campbell, Manager, Disability Services Office (DSO)
  • Olivia Ramoino, Program Operations Specialist, DSO

Student Services

  • Bree Callahan, Director, Disability Resources for Students (DRS)
  • Krista Greear, Assistant Director, DRS

UW Procurement Services

  • Raymond Hsu, Assistant Director

Center for Teaching and Learning

  • Karen Freisem, Instructional Consultant

Faculty

  • Torey Gilbertson, Lecturer, Rehabilitation Medicine

UW-Bothell

  • Ana Thompson, Learning Technologist, IT / Learning Technologies

UW-Tacoma

  • Patrick Pow, Vice Chancellor, Information Technology

UW-IT Accessible Technology Services (ATS)

UW-IT’s Accessible Technology Services (ATS) provides services designed to increase the accessibility of IT developed, procured and used at the University of Washington. ATS staff includes several globally renown experts in the field of technology accessibility. For help with particular issues, please contact any of the following staff members. For additional options for receiving help, see Getting Help with Accessibility.

Team Member Specialty Areas
Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.
Director, Accessible Technology Services
Affiliate Professor, College of Education
sherylb@uw.edu
  • Policy, plan development & implementation
  • Co-Chair, IT Accessibility Task Force
  • IT Accessibility Liaisons
  • Statewide efforts
Hadi Rangin
IT Accessibility Specialist
hadir@uw.edu
  • Engagement with IT vendors
  • “Explore with Hadi” meet-ups for web developers
  • Design/redesign of web applications
Dan Comden
Access Technology Center Manager
danc@uw.edu
  • IT inventory/audit data collection
  • Training opportunities
  • Process for IT developers
Terrill Thompson
IT Accessibility Specialist
tft@uw.edu
  • Accessible web design and development
  • Procurement processes
  • Media player accessibility; audio description
Gaby de Jongh
IT Accessibility Specialist
gabyd@uw.edu
  • Document accessibility (e.g., Word, PDF, PowerPoint)
  • Promotion, training, and support
Anna Marie Golden
IT Accessibility Specialist
amgolden@uw.edu
  • Web accessibility
  • Promotion, training, and support
Doug Hayman
Senior Computer Specialist
dhayman@uw.edu
  • Video captioning
  • (Co-lead) free captioning & research project
Lyla Crawford
Program Coordinator, DO-IT
lylac@uw.edu
  • Coordinate Capacity Building Institutes
  • Facilitate statewide Communities of Practice
Susie Hawkey
Operations Manager
Accessible Technology Services
shawkey@uw.edu
  • (Co-lead) free captioning & research project
  • ATS staffing, budget, administration
  • Relationships with UW administrative support

IT Accessibility Liaisons

IT Accessibility Liaisons are people who represent their work unit, large or small, in a tri-campus movement to promote the procurement, development, and use of IT that is accessible to everyone, but particularly to students, faculty and staff with disabilities. IT Accessibility Liaisons

  • communicate online via a private email list and also meet as a group one morning three times per year.
  • continue to learn about how IT used on campus can be made more accessible.
  • collect information from and spread the word within their units about the UW’s IT Accessibility Policy and otherwise promote the IT Accessibility Initiative.

The IT Accessibility Initiative is under the leadership of Accessible Technology Services of UW-IT and guided by the tri-campus IT Accessibility Task Force.

How can you become an IT Accessibility Liaison?

To register as an IT Accessibility Liaison simply complete the IT Accessibility Liaisons Registration Form.

IT Accessibility Liaison Resources

Miss a meeting? Find meeting agendas and PowerPoints on the IT Accessibility Liaison Resources page. A list of all current UW-IT Liaisons is also located there.