Communities of Practice
UW Accessible Technology Services engages stakeholders within Communities of Practice (CoPs). CoP members share perspectives and expertise and identify practices that promote the participation of people with disabilities in postsecondary education.
Accessible IT CoP
This CoP is comprised of employees of higher education institutions who are actively engaged in increasing the accessibility of IT in postsecondary education, particularly in Washington State. Participants
- exchange information, ideas, and suggestions for future collaboration,
- gain and share knowledge and help identify issues related to IT accessibility in higher education, and
- recruit others to participate in the CoP.
Universal Design in Higher Education CoP
This CoP is comprised of individuals interested in exploring universal design (UD) and its applications in higher education. Participants on this CoP discuss
- promising practices for infusing universal design on postsecondary campuses;
- applying UD to all educational opportunities that include instruction, technology, student services, and physical spaces; and
- specific topics in the books Creating Inclusive Learning Opportunities in Higher Education: A Universal Design Toolkit and Universal Design and Higher Education: From Principles to Practice, 2nd edition and contribute materials to be shared through the Center on Universal Design in Education.
Accessible Distance Learning CoP
Distance learning program administrators, instructors, and support staff use the Accessible Distance Learning CoP to increase their knowledge about disabilities and make changes in distance learning that lead to more inclusive practices. Members discuss
- training, and
- policy issues related to creating accessible distance learning courses and programs.
You and your colleagues can join the CoP by sending the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- postal address
- email address
- name of the CoP
For information about other CoPs, visit the CoP page on our website.