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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.
Meetups are typically held on the 2nd Thursday of each month, 10:00am – 11:00am. The agenda and Zoom URL are announced a few days prior to the event on the AccessibleWeb@U email list (see below for details about the list). If you would like to attend and are not a subscriber to this list, please complete the Monthly Meetup Registration Form and we’ll send you the link. If you have a web feature that you’d like to have evaluated for accessibility, please share the details in our Web Accessibility Technical Evaluation Request (WATER) form.
Monthly UW Instruction Accessibility Meetup
Faculty and course designers are invited to join an informal, friendly conversation about making online components of courses accessible to students with disabilities. Ask questions about accessibility and universal design for learning (UDL), hear colleagues’ ideas, and share what is working for your own courses!
Meetings are hosted by Mary-Colleen Jenkins, an instruction accessibility specialist with Accessible Technology Services (ATS). Mary-Colleen is a former UW instructor herself, so this is a great opportunity to discuss logistics and how to set priorities for improving course accessibility without feeling overwhelmed.
Meetups are typically held on the 1st Tuesday of each month, 10:00am – 11:00 am. They are open to interested members of the UW community, but require registration. Please register for the December 5th meetup, and we’ll send the Zoom link prior to the event.
Accessible Technology Webinar Series
On the 2nd Wednesday of each month, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, we host a webinar on a popular topic related to IT accessibility. Here’s the schedule of upcoming topics in the series:
- Dec 13: Accessibility in Procurement
Video recordings and links to resources are available on the Webinar Series Archives page.
The next webinar in the Accessible Technology Webinar Series, Accessibility in Procurement, is Wednesday, December 13th at 1:00pm.
Terrill Thompson of UW-IT Accessible Technology Services and Lynn Magill of Procurement Services will explore strategies for addressing IT accessibility as part of the procurement process. The session will include instructions on how to read a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT), a standard form that vendors often use to document the state of their products’ accessibility, and will include a live analysis of several example VPATs. This is an especially good topic for folks who are responsible for making IT procurement decisions so please, spread the word!
Webinars are free but require registration. Register for the December 13th webinar and we’ll send the Zoom link prior to the event.
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. Details about the next meeting will be posted here once they’re finalized. For more information on becoming a Liaison, see the IT Accessibility Liaisons page.
AccessibleWeb@U is a community of UW web designers, developers, and other interested people who discuss and share ideas on accessible web design through their online discussion list.