Workshop Report

Assistive Technologies and Universal Design: Are Your IT Resources Accessible to All Students, Faculty, and Staff?

Thursday, May 5, 2005, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
University of Washington
South Campus Center Room 348/350
Seattle, WA

Sheryl Burgstahler, Director DO-IT, AccessSTEM, UW Accessible Technology Svs; Co-Dir, AccessIT

On May 5, 2005, a Peer Workshop was held at the University of Washington (UW). It was moderated by Sheryl Burgstahler and technical expertise was provided by Dan Comden and Terry Thompson of the UW. The workshop covered issues from Web accessibility to IT procurement policies. The twenty-four attendees represented Central Oregon Community College, Central Washington University, Clark College, the Evergreen State College, Linfield College, Oregon State University, Pacific Lutheran University, Reed College, Seattle Pacific University, the University of Idaho, the University of Portland, the University of Washington, and Willamette University. The workshop started with everyone introducing themselves and each suggesting one topic or question that they would like addressed by the end of the day.

Topics discussed by workshop participants included policy, procedure, and funding issues related to:
Universal design versus accommodation/assistive technology
Accessibility of campus websites
Computer lab accessibility
Provision of assistive technology
Accessibility of distance learning courses
Consideration of accessibility in the IT procurement process
Comparison of technology access issues for students, faculty, and staff
Graphics, multi-media/video, and Braille production and classroom technology
Accessibility of electronic registration and other services
Legal issues and guidelines/standards for accessibility
Staff and support issues

Throughout the day participants shared promising practices on their campuses. Resources provided at the workshop can be found at Technology and Universal Design page ( and the postsecondary pages ( at the DO-IT website (

The had a view of Lake Union and the food was great!

Readings: Participants looked at the following web pages before the workshop.They are part of the DO-IT website at
For information on our technology accessibility services at the University of Washington, consult:
Access Technology Lab
UW Web Site Accessibility

Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.
Director DO-IT, AccessSTEM, UW Accessible Technology Svs; Co-Dir, AccessIT
Computing & Communications
University of Washington, Box 355670
Seattle, WA 98195
206-543-0622 FAX 206-221-4171