Accessible Technology

Accessible Technology Blog

This blog features articles by members of the IT Accessibility Team within UW-IT Accessible Technology Services. Our work is focused on making the University of Washington—and the world—more accessible for everyone, including individuals with disabilities. Our blog is focused on telling the stories of our work and on promoting opportunities for others within the UW community to participate in this effort.


  • Global Accessibility Awareness Day and a UW-Wide Challenge

    May 18, 2020

    Terrill Thompson

    Four students gathered around a computer

    This week, on Thursday May 21, the entire world will be celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). This day was established nine years ago to engage people around the world in talking, thinking, and learning about digital access and inclusion. At the University of Washington, we have an annual tradition of hosting lectures, trainings, workshops,…

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  • Considering Accessibility when Teaching Online

    March 21, 2020

    Terrill Thompson

    Kenneth Marcus of OCR delivering his video message

    On March 6, the University of Washington (UW) announced that it would no longer be meeting in person due to the threat posed by COVID-19. For the remainder of winter quarter, classes and/or exams would be conducted remotely. The UW was the first public university in the United States to take this action, but since…

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  • We couldn't do it without Liaisons!

    February 5, 2020

    Terrill Thompson

    Candy hearts with catchy slogans #uwa11y, #nomouse, and I caption my videos

    There are various groups at the University of Washington (UW) whose primary responsibility is accessibility. Accessible Technology Services (ATS) within UW-IT is one of these groups, and our focus is on accessibility of information technology (IT). The UW has created, procured, and/or used a massive amount of IT: Hundreds of thousands of web pages; millions…

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  • UW Accessible Technology in 2020

    January 8, 2020

    Terrill Thompson

    Celebratory artwork with champagne, balloons and streamers

    Welcome to 2020! We in UW-IT Accessible Technology Services (ATS) are excited for the new year and new decade. We wrapped up 2019 with momentum: On November 13, 36 people participated in the Fall meeting of the IT Accessibility Liaisons network. The meeting was a "strategies session," focusing on implementing IT accessibility within units or…

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