Accessible Technology

IT Accessibility Progress & Plan

Progress

The University of Washington has a long history of working to address accessibility issues related to technology. For a list of activities and accomplishments, see our IT Accessibility Progress page.

Future Plans

Current efforts build on these earlier efforts. Following is a list of short term goals and activities geared toward addressing accessibility of new and existing information technologies.

2019
ATS is working with colleagues to develop an “Accessibility Approved” library of plugins, modules, and widgets for use on WordPress, Drupal, and standalone websites.
2019
ATS will collaborate with campus units to increase efforts to address issues related to IT-based learning and supporting faculty, including incorporating more accessibility content into courses, learning communities and online resources supported by the Center for Teaching and Learning.
2019
ATS will plan a Siteimprove hackathon at UW.
2019
Task Force will offer Professional Organizational Development (POD) courses on accessible IT.
2019
Continue to explore the feasibility to expand our Siteimprove subscription to an enterprise level or to partner with other educational institutions in the state for a larger enterprise-level subscription.
2019
Deliver more presentations and other outreach, including effective training and support for Ally.
2019, ongoing
The IT Accessibility Task Force is exploring new ways to expand the reach of Siteimprove by (1) shrinking the crawls of inactive sites in favor of crawling new sites whose owners would like to participate, (2) promoting training opportunities to ensure more consistent use of the tool, (3) reaching out individually to Siteimprove users with an offer of support, and (4) building community by establishing a Siteimprove user group.
2019, ongoing
Increase awareness of and promote compliance with State Policy #188–IT Accessibility and the UW’s IT Accessibility Policy, Guidelines and resources. Specifically, help educate respective units and leadership groups, perhaps inviting ATS staff or task force members to present to campus units.
2019, ongoing
Ensure the availability of adequate numbers of staff members in all campus units to promote and support the procurement, development, and use of accessible IT.
2019, ongoing
Task Force members will continue to develop procedures/processes for multiple operations and stakeholder groups (e.g., online instructors, academic departments, engagement with vendors).
2019, ongoing
Task force members will continue to look at channels through which to connect with department coordinators and/or department instructional designers to better understand how/when/why faculty choose or create content and promote accessibility as part of their work flow.
2019, ongoing
The IT Accessibility Task Force will consider presenting Accessible IT Trailblazer Awards to individuals for their exemplary efforts.
Ongoing
The IT Accessibility Task Force will consider presenting Accessible IT Capacity Building Award to a campus unit for promoting the accessible design of IT and universal design of instruction both on-site and online.
Ongoing
Accessible Technology Services, IT Accessibility Task Force and Liaisons will deliver more presentations on universal design and learning technologies.
Ongoing
ATS will recruit and support more IT Accessibility Liaisons.
Ongoing
ATS will proactively reach out to evaluate websites, documents and software for accessibility and make remediation efforts.
Ongoing
ATS will continue to maintain a showroom of assistive technology and conduct consulting on its use and on accessible IT in the Access Technology Center.
Ongoing
ATS will maintain and update an inventory of prioritized IT used on all UW campuses and record accessibility issues and remediation plans and progress.
Ongoing
ATS, IT Accessibility Liaisons, and the Task Force will enhance the Accessible Technology at the UW site to make content more complete, to make it easier for users to find information they are looking for, to create and post more “how to” pages and videos, and to ensure that content is relevant to all three campuses.
Ongoing
ATS, IT Accessibility Liaisons, and the Task Force will promote the use of Siteimprove, SensusAccess, and Able Player.
Ongoing
ATS, IT Accessibility Liaisons, and the Task Force will promote the use of accessible UW branded templates for documents, events, and presentations.