Accessible Technology

IT Accessibility Progress & Plans


The University of Washington has a long history of working to address accessibility issues related to technology. For a list of activities and accomplishments, see our IT Accessibility Progress page.

Future Plans

The planned activities listed below build on earlier efforts toward the increased accessibility of IT developed, procured, and used at the University of Washington.

2017, ongoing
UW-IT Accessible Technology Services (ATS) will continue to improve and enhance the Accessible Technology website.
ATS and the IT Accessibility Task Force will continue to meet monthly and communicate online to pull together stakeholders to address requirements of State Policy #188 and produce an annual report.
2017, February–April
The IT Accessibility Task Force will explore new ways to expand the reach of SiteImprove by (1) shrinking the crawls of inactive sites in favor of crawling new sites whose owners would like to participate, (2) promoting training opportunities to ensure more consistent use of the tool, (3) reaching out individually to SiteImprove users with an offer of support, (4) building community by establishing a SiteImprove user group, and (5) securing additional funding to extend the number of pages covered by the license.
2017, March
The Access Technology Center Manager will increase IT accessibility training opportunities through UW-IT’s Learning Technologies unit, especially regarding the design of accessible documents, websites, and videos and the inclusion of accessible IT topics within other Learning Technologies training.
2017, February–April
ATS will work with other UW-IT leaders to negotiate a campus-wide discount for Adobe Acrobat Pro, which can be used to remediate inaccessible PDFs.
2017, March
ATS will complete development of an online database to facilitate storage and retrieval of a campus-wide IT software inventory that includes accessibility audit results and remediation plans.
2017, March–June
ATS and the IT Accessibility Task Force will develop procedures/processes for multiple stakeholder groups (e.g., online instructors, academic departments, procurement staff).
2017, March–April
ATS and other stakeholders will develop plans to increase efforts to add audio description to UW videos, and will participate in a pilot project with 3PlayMedia.
2017, March
The UW IT Accessibility Guidelines will be updated by ATS, with guidance and input from the IT Accessibility Task Force, approved by the UW CIO, and posted to the Accessible Technology website.
2017, March–June
ATS will complete several training videos on assistive technology and accessible technology design to be linked from the Accessible Technology website.
2017, April
ATS will complete pilot projects to fund and direct two consulting services to remediate all PDFs on UW-Tacoma and UW-Bothell campuses and training personnel on those campuses on how to create and remediate PDFs so that they are accessible to individuals with disabilities. ATS will report results of the pilots to the IT Accessibility Task Force and seek guidance from the Task Force for next steps in efforts to remediate PDFs.
2017, April 27
ATS will conduct an IT Accessibility Capacity Building Institute for UW personnel.
2017, May 3
ATS will host a half-day IT Accessibility Liaisons meeting.