Accessible Technology

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Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)

GAAD is an annual global event, designed to engage people around the world in talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion. Additional information about GAAD is available at globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org.

Each year, the UW commemorates GAAD by offering a full day of lectures, workshops, and other activities related to digital accessibility. All events are open to everyone in the UW Community. In 2021, all our activities will be closely aligned with the “Zero Errors” campaign, a university-wide effort in May 2021 to use accessibility checkers to reduce – or eliminate! – accessibility errors from UW websites and other digital resources.

The day will consist of trainings in the morning, and Office Hours in the afternoon to answer questions and provide support to anyone who needs help fixing their accessibility errors.

  • Date: Thursday, May 20
  • Time:  All Day (see agenda below)
  • Location: Join GAAD via Zoom (Meeting ID: 991 3678 1339, requires UW NetID)
  • All sessions will include Zoom’s live auto-captioning. If you need additional accommodations, please contact Terrill at tft@uw.edu.

GAAD Agenda

  • 9:00 – Welcome and “Zero Errors” overview
  • 9:20 – Checking Accessibility in Online Courses
  • 9:50 – Break
  • 10:00 – Checking Videos for Captioning using YTCA
  • 10:10 – Web accessibility checkers
    • 10:10 – WAVE Extension
    • 10:20 – PowerMapper
    • 10:30 – axe DevTools Browser Extensions
    • 10:40 – Lighthouse (Chrome DevTools)
  • 10:50 – Break
  • 11:00 – SiteImprove
  • 11:30 – Break
  • Noon – 5:00pm – Office Hours (drop-in for help fixing your accessibility errors)

Accessible Technology Office Hours

Do you have a question about making your website, digital documents, videos, or other information technology accessible? Members of the IT Accessibility Team will be available to answer your questions on the first Thursday of every month, 11:00am – noon, via Zoom. Drop-in any time during that hour to say hello or to explore accessibility one-on-one or in small groups with members of our team. Please contact Terrill Thompson at tft@uw.edu if you’d like to attend, and we’ll send you the meeting URL.

Monthly UW Web Accessibility and Usability Meetup

These monthly meetups, formerly known as “Explore with Hadi”, provide an opportunity for UW web developers and designers to discuss accessibility and usability issues in a relaxed, casual setting, and provide friendly feedback on each others’ web projects. We encourage you to bring your accessibility questions or just join us to see what others are working on. Meetings are hosted by Hadi Rangin, a web accessibility specialist with UW-IT Accessible Technology Services. Hadi has a Master’s degree in computer science and is a screen reader user himself, so these meetings are great opportunities to experience how your website might be experienced by someone using assistive technology.

Meetings are typically held on the 2nd Thursday of each month, 10:00am – 11:00am. Please contact Hadi Rangin at hadir@uw.edu if you’d like to attend, and we’ll send you the meeting URL.

Accessible Technology Webinar Series

On the last Thursday of each month, 3:00pm – 4:00pm, we host a webinar on a popular topic related to IT Accessibility. Here is a schedule of upcoming events in the series:

  • May 27: Document Accessibility
  • June 24: Alternatives to PDF
  • July 29: Teaching an Accessible Online Course
  • Aug 19: Accessible Web Content Creation
  • Sep 30: Video Accessibility
  • Oct 28: Testing with Screen Readers
  • Nov 4: Document Accessibility
  • Dec 2: Accessibility in Procurement: Reading a VPAT

Video recordings and links to resources are available on the Webinar Series Archives page.

Next Webinar: Document Accessibility

On May 27, Gaby de Jongh of the IT Accessibility Team will present on the topic of Document Accessibility. This event is free, but requires registration. To attend, please complete our Webinar Registration Form.

IT Accessibility Liaisons Meetings

IT Accessibility Liaisons are people who represent their work unit, large or small, in a tri-campus movement to promote the procurement, development, and use of IT that is accessible to everyone. The growing network of Liaisons meets three times per year for a half-day training, typically in February, May, and November. For more information on becoming a Liaison, see the IT Accessibility Liaisons page.

AccessibleWeb@U

AccessibleWeb@U is a community of UW web designers, developers, and other interested individuals who discuss and share ideas on accessible web design through their online discussion list.