Accessible Technology

Accessible Technology at the UW

Experiencing inaccessible IT? Please let us know.

The University of Washington (UW) strives to ensure that people with disabilities have access to all services and content, including those delivered using information technology (IT).  If you experience a barrier that affects your ability to access UW websites, videos, on-line forms, or other IT, please send a detailed message to

For additional issues or needs related to accessibility or accommodations at the UW, please see our Getting Help page.

UW Promotes IT Accessibility Guidelines

The University of Washington values diverse experiences and perspectives and strives to fully include everyone who engages with the UW. Inaccessible information technology (IT) negatively impacts people with a variety of disabilities, including mobility/orthopedic impairments, sensory impairments, specific learning disabilities, attention deficits, autism spectrum disorders, speech impairments, health impairments, and psychiatric conditions.

For many years, UW-IT Accessible Technology Services and other IT leaders have consulted with campus units in making IT accessible to all faculty, students, staff and visitors.

The UW’s commitment to equal access to IT has been more formally stated through publication of an IT Accessibility Policy and IT Accessibility Guidelines. The Guidelines state that the UW looks to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Level AA for guidance in meeting its IT accessibility commitments.

In addition to the Guidelines, UW-IT Accessible Technology Services maintains an IT Accessibility Checklist, which provides specific techniques and testing methods to assist the UW community including web designers, developers, content creators, and purchasing agents, in meeting the Guidelines when creating and procuring IT.

About This Website

This website serves as the UW’s hub for information about accessible technology. Accessible technology includes electronic documents, websites, videos, software applications, and hardware devices that can be used effectively by everyone, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors with disabilities. The UW community is collectively responsible for assuring the  technologies we choose, use, and create are fully accessible. In addition to the IT Accessibility Guidelines and accompanying Checklist, here are a few additional starting points for learning more about IT accessibility: