UW Today

Richard Ladner


July 16, 2015

Many mobile health apps neglect needs of blind users

Screenshot of mHealth app with poorly labeled buttons

University of Washington researchers who conducted the first academic review of nine mhealth iPhone apps on the market in March 2014 found none met all the criteria that would make them accessible to blind customers. Accessibility shortcomings ranged from improperly labeled buttons to layouts that confuse built-in screen readers that assist low-vision smartphone users.


June 27, 2013

Competitive STEM program at UW targets deaf, hard of hearing students

Teaching assistant works with student.

The Summer Academy for Advancing Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Computing at the University of Washington is the only program of its kind in the nation that offers a full quarter of academic credit to incoming college students or those who just finished their first year.


December 7, 2012

Crowdsourcing site compiles new sign language for math and science

Richard Ladner and students

The ASL-STEM Forum is a crowdsourcing project, similar to Wikipedia or the Urban Dictionary, that creates a new sign language for the latest scientific and technical terms.


August 19, 2010

Deaf, hard-of-hearing students do first test of sign language by cell phone

Person signing at smartphone

Editor’s note: Each year the summer academy hosts a premier of the students’ animated short films.


August 21, 2008

‘Can you see me now?’ Sign language over cell phones comes to United States

Anna Cavender signing

A group at the University of Washington has developed software that for the first time enables deaf and hard-of-hearing Americans to use sign language over a mobile phone.


August 2, 2007

New Computer Science academy welcomes hearing-impaired students

Richard Ladner and students

History shows many deaf artists and inventors, including Thomas Edison and Ludwig van Beethoven.


May 20, 2004

Sign of caring: Ladner learns parents’ language, contributes to their community

Richard Ladner

In a way, Richard Ladner inherited his volunteer interests.