University of Washington IT Capacity Building Institute (2008)

Monday, March 3, 2008
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

This Capacity Building Institute (CBI) has been organized in response to the growing array of programs, services, and resources at the University of Washington (UW) that are enhanced or driven by cutting edge IT. With this increased utilization of IT, the need becomes especially critical that UW's IT be accessible to all users, including individuals with disabilities.

The goal of the CBI is to engage web managers and developers, IT administrators and service providers, procurement officers, disability services providers, and students with disabilities in a discussion that will ultimately lead to improved capacity within the three campuses of our university to carry out our educational mission in a way that is accessible to everyone.


8:30 a.m.
Check-in and Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Individual Introductions
Sheryl Burgstahler, Director of Accessible Technology & DO-IT
UW Technology Services

9:30 a.m.
AT and IT Accessibility Overview
Dan Comden, Access Technology Consultant
Terry Thompson, Technology Accessibility Specialist
Wendy Chisholm, Web Accessibility Specialist
UW Technology Services

10:15 a.m.

10:30 a.m.
Accessibility for Simple to Moderate-Complexity DHTML Web Sites
Cynthia Shelly, Microsoft

11:30 a.m.
Small Group Discussion:

  • What do you perceive to be your biggest problems related to IT accessibility on your campus?
  • What do you perceive to be the answers? Do you have promising practices to share? What types of resources do you need in order to address these accessibility problems?

12:00 p.m.

12:30 p.m.
Groups Report Out

1:00 p.m.
Accessibility in Procurement: An Overview
Terry Thompson, Technology Accessibility Specialist
UW Technology Services

1:30 p.m.
Accessibility from a Vendor Perspective
Matt May, Adobe

2:00 p.m.
Accessibility and the UW Purchasing Process
Suzanne Blais, Senior Contracts Manager, UW Purchasing
Dave McCone, Contract & Technology Manager, UWEO/Tech Transfer

2:30 p.m.

2:45 p.m.
Small Group Discussion:
What are next steps for (a) the university, (b) we the attendees of the CBI, and (c) you individually, to move forward in improving IT accessibility at the UW?

3:30 p.m.
Small Groups Report Out

3:50 p.m.
Closing Remarks