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504at50 Planning Group

In the fall of 2022 a group of employees and students began meeting to plan a year long campaign designed to educate, celebrate and innovate the UW community; on topics of disability history, justice, and inclusion in honor the the 50th Anniversary of the landmark disability rights legislation; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Co- Leads

Bree Callahan, Office of the ADA Coordinator / ADA Coordinator

Heather Evans, Interim Disability Studies Program Director; Acting Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine; Research Director, Northwest ADA Center 


Heather Feldner, CREATE

CREATE is the Center for Research and Education on Accessible Technology and Experiences. Our mission is to make technology accessible and to make the world accessible through technology. 

Frances Biderman, Disability and d/Deaf Cultural Center   

The D Center is a space and community where students can celebrate disability and D/deaf pride and foster community at the UW and beyond! 

Katie Warden, Northwest ADA Center

NW ADA Center is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), and is part of the ADA National Network.

Toby Gallant, ASUW Student Disability Commission  

The Student Disability Commission is a student run and led advocacy organization committed to serving students, staff and faculty with disabilities at UW. The SDC understands disability as not merely an individual or medical problem, but rather the result of attitudinal and physical barriers preventing full participation in society. 

Mark Harniss & Jason Naranjo, Disability Studies Program 

Disability Studies is a multi-disciplinary field that investigates, critiques, and enhances Western society’s understandings of disability.

Megan McCloskey, Disability Inclusion Development

Disability Inclusive Development (DIDI) Initiative is a multidisciplinary research and advocacy project that works to support the inclusion of persons with disabilities in development.

Ian Campbell, Disability Services Office

The Disability Services Office, provides leadership to the University community in achieving employment and educational access for individuals with disabilities. 

Adiam Tesfay, Disability Resources for Students

Disability Resources for Students is dedicated to ensuring access and inclusion for all students with disabilities on the Seattle campus enrolled in our undergraduate, graduate, professional, Evening Degree and Access programs for 45 years.

Matthew Parsons, UW Libraries  

The University of Washington Libraries will accelerate inquiry, creativity, and learning for global impact and the public good. We will advance student success, catalyze world-class research, amplify the diverse voices of our communities, and empower faculty, staff and students to experiment fearlessly and create new knowledge.

Anna Marie Golden, Access Technology Services

UW-IT’s Accessible Technology Services (ATS) provides services designed to increase the accessibility of IT developed, procured and used at the University of Washington. ATS staff includes several globally renown experts in the field of technology accessibility.

Tami Tidwell & Scott Bellman, DO-IT

The DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities through technology and education. It promotes awareness and accessibility—in both the classroom and the workplace—to maximize the potential of individuals with disabilities and make our communities more vibrant, diverse, and inclusive.