Accessible Technology Services

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University of Washington (UW) Information Technology's Accessible Technology Services (ATS) promotes the success of people with disabilities by using technology as an empowering tool to increase their independence, productivity, and participation in education and careers. ATS supports two centers:

Access Technology Center (ATC)

[Female student with a disability uses a laptop.]

Suite 064, Mary Gates Hall
206-685-4144 (voice/TTY) (email)
Manager: Dan Comden

Access Technology

The ATC focuses on ensuring that UW students, faculty, and staff with disabilities have access to technology—including computers, software and special equipment—that supports them in accomplishing their work. Center staff work with individuals to help them select, learn, and use assistive technology such as

The ATC supports a technology showroom with numerous products including alternative keyboards, speech input and output technology, software for organizing ideas, screen readers and Braille displays for blind users, and magnifying software and hardware for those with low vision. In addition, the center provides a Braille embossing service for UW Seattle faculty, staff, and students. Braille can be provided in a variety of formats and languages, and tactile graphics are available. The ATC showroom also includes a collection of accessible science equipment such as automatic stirrers, tactile measuring devises, and talking calculators.

Accessible IT

ATC staff works with UW units to promote the development and use of accessible technology products by

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DO-IT Center

4545 15th Avenue NE, Suite 100
206-685-3648 (voice/TTY) (email)
Program Manager: Scott Bellman

The DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center secures external funding to address accessibility issues statewide, nationally, and internationally. Working with UW and external partners, the Center obtained more than $40 million in funding to support activities that increase the success of people with disabilities in college and careers, using technology as an empowering tool. DO-IT is a collaboration between UW-IT and the colleges of engineering and education. It was founded in 1992 at the UW with a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Through DO-IT programs, hundreds of students with disabilities and practitioners are engaged in electronic e-mentoring and communities of practice. In addition, 50 high school and college students engage in a two-week residential program at the UW Seattle campus each summer and many more secure high technology internships and participate in other supportive activities. The Center's longitudinal transition study and other evaluation measures document the success of DO-IT's efforts.

The Center also works with institutions and organizations in the United States and other countries to

DO-IT's Japan program, hosted by the University of Tokyo, conducts summer study sessions for teens with disabilities and provides mentoring and support for students with disabilities as they pursue college and careers. DO-IT Japan encourages high-tech companies to develop accessible technology, and it supports people with disabilities in using cell phones, computers, and other technology to achieve high levels of participation in education, employment, and community activities.


DO-IT has received numerous local, regional, and national awards including

Grant Funding

Examples of externally-funded projects in which DO-IT is engaged include the following:

The DO-IT Center also supports other projects in increasing accessibility of project products and the representation and support of people with disabilities in project activities. This includes the NSF-funded Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) which is led by the UW Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity to increase the number of STEM degrees earned by racial and ethnic minorities.