Resources

You can find the full text for Policy #188, including the minimum accessibility standard, here.

The UW’s Accessible Technology website includes comprehensive resources that include the following:

  • the IT accessibility policy and guidelines for the UW
  • UW progress and plans regarding IT accessibility
  • IT accessibility legal issues, civil rights complaints, and resolutions at postsecondary institutions nationwide
  • instructions and tips for making IT accessible, along with related procurement and other processes that support IT accessibility
  • additional resources for the procurement, development, and use of accessible IT

The DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) website contains

  • information about DO-IT projects.
  • evidence-based practices that DO-IT employs to increase the success of individuals with disabilities, particularly in college and careers and using technology as an empowering tool.
  • resources for students with disabilities pursuing college and careers.
  • guidelines to help K-12 teachers, postsecondary faculty, and educational administrators support the success of individuals with disabilities.
  • guidelines and resources for making IT developed, procured, and used accessible to everyone, including individuals with disabilities.

DO-IT maintains a searchable database of more than 800 frequently asked questions, case studies, and promising practices related to how educators and employers can fully include students with disabilities. The Knowledge Base is an excellent resource for ideas that can be implemented in programs in order to better serve students with disabilities. In particular, the promising practices articles serve to spread the word about practices that show evidence of improving the participation of people with disabilities in postsecondary education. Examples of Knowledge Base questions include the following:

  • Are electronic whiteboards accessible to people with disabilities?
  • Are peer review tools accessible?
  • Are there computer keyboards designed to be used with only one hand?
  • Are touch screens accessible?
  • Do postsecondary institutions have to provide assistive technology (for example, screen enlargement or voice recognition software) to students with disabilities who enroll in distance learning courses?
  • Does a postsecondary institution have to provide specific hardware or software (known as assistive technology) that an individual with a disability requests so that he or she can access information technology used on campus?
  • Does making our school web content accessible mean I cannot use multimedia on my site?
  • How can educational entities determine if their websites are accessible?

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to link to the Knowledge Base from their websites and also to propose new questions and answers, case studies, and promising practices for the Knowledge Base. Send contributions and suggestions to doit@uw.edu.

The AccessDL website shares resources for making distance learning and online courses accessible.

Accessible University’s website featuring common web accessibility principles and solutions..

Information on universal design in education can be found at the Center for Universal Design in Education.

Conferences can be a great way to share resources, collaborate, and come up with new ideas. Consider attending the following: