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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.

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

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 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 June 6 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:

  • Jun 14: Accessibility in Procurement
  • Jul 12: Teaching an Accessible Online Course
  • Aug 9: Web Accessibility
  • Sep 6: Video Accessibility
  • Oct 11: Testing with Screen Readers
  • Nov 15: Accessible Documents
  • Dec 13: Accessibility in Procurement

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

Next webinar:

The next webinar in the Accessible Technology Webinar Series, Accessibilty in Procurement, is Wednesday, June 14th at 1:00pm. NOTE THE DATE CHANGE: This webinar was originally scheduled for June 7.

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. Please forward this announcement to people in your department who are responsible for making IT procurement decisions.

Webinars are free but require registration. Register for the June 14th 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.