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.


  • Working Toward ZERO Errors in May 2021!

    May 4, 2021

    Terrill Thompson

    The Accessibility Report in Canvas, showing a perfect score (100%) for DO-IT Summer Study, along with a pie chart showing a breakdown of the course's 329 files types

    This blog post marks the official launch of the "Zero Errors" campaign, a university-wide effort in May 2021 to use accessibility checkers to reduce – or eliminate! – accessibility errors from UW websites, online courses, and other digital resources. At the UW, we have a wide variety of tools available that can check our digital…

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  • Accessible Tech in 2020-21: "The Glass is Overflowing"

    January 14, 2021

    Terrill Thompson

    Artist's rendering of a glass half full (or half empty)

    The year 2020 brought unprecedented challenges to the world, country, and our university. At the University of Washington, as classes, programs, services, meetings, trainings, and major events moved online, this change was accompanied by a dramatic increase in demand for the services provided by the IT Accessibility Team. One of the major events we got…

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  • Fall 2020 Liaisons Meeting: Exploring Recent Changes in IT Accessibility Procurement Procedures

    October 28, 2020

    Terrill Thompson

    Fall colors at the UW Arboretum

    Over the Summer, UW Procurement Services, in collaboration with UW-IT Accessible Technology Services and the Chief Information Services Office, published updates to their policies and procedures, including updates related to accessibility of IT. These changes are reflected on our Procuring Accessible IT web page, which explains, summarizes, and quotes from Procurement Services' Procedure 7.2.15. The…

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  • Coming Soon: UW Celebration of Accessibility!

    October 13, 2020

    Terrill Thompson

    W Accessibility

    Cooling temperatures, rainy days, and the start of another academic quarter remind us that fall has arrived. It's hard to believe six months have passed since we launched the IT Accessibility Challenge 2020 back in May. The Challenge is a university-wide campaign encouraging members of the UW community to take one or more simple actions…

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  • The UW and Society: IT Accessibility After 30 Years of ADA

    July 24, 2020

    Terrill Thompson

    President Bush signs the ADA

    On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In doing so, he said “I now lift my pen to sign this Americans with Disabilities Act and say: Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down.” Thirty years later, a lot has happened to make American society,…

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  • 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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