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.


  • 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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