AccessComputing Alliance

Friday, March 3, 2006

The goal of the AccessComputing Alliance is to increase the participation of people with disabilities in computing careers. Alliance collaborators apply proven practices to:

  • increase the number of students with disabilities successfully pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees and careers in computing fields.
  • increase the capacity of postsecondary computing departments to fully include students with disabilities in computing courses and programs.
  • create a nationwide resource to help students with disabilities pursue computing fields and computing educators and employers, professional organizations, and other stakeholders develop more inclusive programs and share effective practices.

The Alliance assures nationwide, long-term impact because it:

  • supports local and regional workshops, academies, capacity-building institutes, and internships to recruit and retain students with disabilities into computing fields;
  • helps computing departments, professional organizations, and alliances that serve women and racial/ethnic minorities make their activities and resources accessible to students with disabilities;
  • creates collaborations among individuals with disabilities, computing professionals, faculty, employers, professional organizations, and disability service providers;
  • collects and publishes research and practice data to support the inclusion of people with disabilities in computing fields.

The AccessComputing Alliance outcomes will benefit society by making computing opportunities available to more citizens and enhancing computing fields with the perspectives of people with disabilities.

The AccessComputing Alliance is led by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology) at the University of Washington. If you are interested in knowing how you can participate in the Alliance send an inquiry to