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Accessible Technology

IT Accessibility Progress & Plan

Progress

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

Current efforts build on these earlier efforts. Following is a list of short term goals and activities geared toward addressing accessibility of new and existing information technologies.

2017
Accessible Technology Services (ATS) will collaborate with campus units to increase efforts to address issues related to IT-based learning and supporting faculty, including incorporating more accessibility content into courses, learning communities and online resources supported by the Center for Teaching and Learning. They will consider developing a Canvas course on accessible online learning and campus-wide and statewide events focused specifically on accessible learning.
2017
ATS will continue to enhance the Accessible Technology website to make content more complete, to make it easier for users to find information they are looking for, and to create and post more “how to” pages and videos.
2017
ATS and the IT Accessibility Task Force will continue to pull together stakeholders to address requirements of State Policy #188.
2017
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, and (4) building community by establishing a Siteimprove user group.
2017
Increase IT accessibility training opportunities through UW-IT’s Learning Technologies unit.
2017
Develop procedures/processes for multiple operations and stakeholder groups (e.g., online instructors, academic departments, engagement with vendors).
2017, August
The Procurement Office, in collaboration with ATS, will further address IT accessibility in procurement work flows.
2017, August
Develop efficient central processes for identifying inaccessible PDFs, converting them to another more accessible format and/or remediating them (perhaps with consultants), and training staff responsible for posting PDFs. Share efficient workflows and costs for using a consulting company in reducing the use of PDFs and in remediating of PDFs.
2017, August
Marketing & Communications will update accessible UW branded templates for documents, events, and presentations.
2017, September
The IT Accessibility Task Force will work to ensure that complaint-reporting processes are effective for identifying high-risk IT accessibility problems.
2017, September
ATS will deliver a 3 Play Media webinar on captioning.
2017, September
The IT Accessibility Task Force will seek permanent funding to caption high-impact, high-use videos and remediate PDF files.
2017, October 6-7
The director of ATS will share UW efforts regarding accessible IT and the DO-IT Center at conferences and with new DO-IT Center in Singapore.
2017, October 13-17
ATS and Disability Resources for Students (DRS) staff will deliver presentations at Accessing Higher Ground conference in Colorado.
2017, October 25
ATS will host IT Accessibility Liaisons meeting, with a focus on efforts at UW branch campuses.
2017, November
The IT Accessibility Task Force will present an Accessible IT Capacity Building Award for promoting the accessible design of IT and universal design of instruction both on-site and online.
2017, November
ATS will detail the formal plan for training various stakeholder groups.
2017, December
The IT Accessibility Task Force will consider presenting Accessible IT Trailblazer Awards to individuals for their exemplary efforts.
2017, December
Explore Ally for campus-wide data collection and accessibility promotion for online instruction.
2017, December
Look at channels through which to connect with department coordinators and/or department instructional designers to better understand how/when/why faculty choose or create content and promote accessibility as part of their work flow.
2017, December 5-6
ATS will host a capacity building institute (CBI) for Policy #188 coordinators at postsecondary institutions in Washington State.
2017-2018
The IT Accessibility Task Force will use Salome Heyward’s report to improve/expand IT accessibility mandates, services, processes and collaborations and further align with legal mandates.
2017-2018
Develop an “Accessibility Approved” library of plugins, modules, and widgets for use on WordPress, Drupal, and standalone websites.
2018
Consider offering a Professional Organizational Development (POD) course on accessible IT.
2018
ATS will host a half day IT Accessibility Liaison meeting.
2018
ATS will host a one day UW Accessible IT capacity building institute.
2018, March 13-15
ATS will represent the United States in an event held in Israel for the international network Ed-ICT on postsecondary education and information and communication technology for students with disabilities.
2018, March 13-15
ATS will represent the United States in an event held in Israel for the international network Ed-ICT on postsecondary education and information and communication technology for students with disabilities.
2018, March 19-23
ATS will deliver presentations and host a booth at the CSUN conference on technology and persons with disabilities in which accessible IT efforts at the UW will be shared.
2018, June
Create new Learning Technology workshops devoted to accessible documents and web design/development.
2019
ATS will represent the United States in events held in Germany and Great Britain, for the international network Ed-ICT on postsecondary education and information and communication technology for students with disabilities.

Following are ongoing plans led by Accessible Technology Services and the IT Accessibility Task Force.

Ongoing
Accessible Technology Services, IT Accessibility Task Force and Liaisons will deliver more presentations on universal design and learning technologies.
Ongoing
ATS will recruit and support more IT Accessibility Liaisons and conduct at least 3 meetings per year. 
Ongoing
ATS will proactively reach out to evaluate websites, documents and software for accessibility and make remediation efforts.
Ongoing
ATS will continue to maintain a showroom of assistive technology and conduct consulting on its use and on accessible IT in the Access Technology Center.
Ongoing
ATS will maintain and update an inventory of prioritized IT used on all UW campuses and record accessibility issues and remediation plans and progress.
Ongoing
ATS will continue to host capacity building institutes for the UW and for Washington State postsecondary institutions.
Ongoing
ATS, IT Accessibility Task Force and Liaisons will promote implementation of the IT accessibility policy and guidelines.
Ongoing
ATS and the IT Accessibility Liaisons and Task Force will enhance the Accessible Technology at the UW site to make content more complete, to make it easier for users to find information they are looking for, to create and post more “how to” pages and videos, and to ensure that content is relevant to all three campuses.
Ongoing
ATS and the IT Accessibility Liaisons and Task Force will promote the use of Siteimprove, SensusAccess, and Able Player.
Ongoing
ATS and the IT Accessibility Liaisons and Task Force will promote the use of accessible UW branded templates for documents, events, and presentations.