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(T3 - VSS) The University of Washington: A Case Study in UDL & IT Accessibility

Presenter: Terrill Thompson, University of Washington & DO-IT Center

Abstract: The University of Washington (UW) has been actively engaged since 1984 in breaking down barriers for students with disabilities, enabling them to pursue challenging and fulfilling academic and career paths. Over the years the UW has implemented a wide variety of strategies to empower students, build capacity of faculty and staff across campus, and gain support of the administration. This session will explore the history, lessons learned, and current practices regarding UDL and accessible technology-enhanced teaching and learning at the UW. Participants will be encouraged to consider and discuss how examples from the UW compare to their own institutions, and how they can be translated into action on their own campuses.

Learning objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify at least three strategies for building an accessibility-focused community within an institution of higher education.
  • Participants will be able to identify 5-10 key stakeholders from their institution, and describe possible roles of those stakeholders in improving IT accessibility on campus.
  • Participants will be able to identify at least one specific step that they personally can take to improve technology accessibility on their campus following the conference.

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Updated January 13, 2016 by Student & Academic Services