UDAL + GAAD - Global Accessibility Awareness Week - May 15-19, 2017

Global Accessibility Awareness Week at UW Bothell – May 15-19, 2017

The UW Bothell Universal Design for Active Learning (UDAL) Initiative Core Group is pleased to announce Global Accessibility Awareness Week (GAAW) at UW Bothell, a week-long series of events on campus to promote awareness for accessibility here at UW Bothell in the classroom, at work, and on the web, in honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) May 18!

The UW Bothell UDAL Initiative Core Group members are always ready to assist you! If you are interested in learning more about the UDAL Initiative Core Group or the UW IT Accessibility Liaison Program feel free to contact any of us!

  • Sara Frizelle – eLearning Planning and Research Specialist, IT/Learning Technologies
  • Rosa Lundborg – Veteran Services & Disability Resources for Students Manager, Student Affairs
  • Ashley Magdall – Web Support Specialist, Advancement & External Relations
  • Jeane Marty – Senior Front-end Software Engineer, IT/Enterprise Services Delivery Team
  • Ana Thompson – Learning Technologist, IT/Learning Technologies

Go to the online Registration Form to sign up for any or all events!

Monday May 15th at 11am – Kickoff

Rose Room (UW1-280)

The kick-off event will be held in the Rose Room (UW1-280), with an opening speech on Universal Design for Instruction and WA Policy #188, by Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler, Director of Access Technology Center and DO-IT, followed by a presentation on STEM Accessibility by Krista Greear, Assistant Director of the Access Technology Center. Both presenters are from UW Seattle IT. This session will be very informative on the current state of the WA State accessibility policy and University of Washington accessibility efforts to meet requirements.

Tuesday May 16th at 1pm – Web Accessibility


Tuesdays event will be held in UW1-120, Ashley Magdall, Web Support Specialist at UW Bothell will be hosting a Wen Accessibility Kentico training, panel and demonstration as part of this week-long series of events focused around accessibility in honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (May 18)!

This session will include a:

  • brief overview of how to make your website content accessible in Kentico (notes provided by me)
  • short demonstration of various assistive technology (including a demo of a screen reader!)
  • panel with web accessibility specialists from UW Bothell and UW Seattle.

Everyone is encouraged to bring all of their accessibility questions; this is a rare opportunity to ask the experts and get answers right away!

The panel line up is below and a good time is guaranteed!

  • Hadi Rangin – IT Accessibility Specialist,UW IT Access Technology Services – Expert screen reader user
  • Dan Comden – Access Technology Center Manager,UW IT Access Technology Services – Assistive technology expert
  • Anna Marie Golden – IT Accessibility specialist,UW IT Access Technology Services – Web content expert
  • Jeane Marty – Senior Software Engineer, UW Bothell IT Enterprise Services Delivery Team – Front-end accessible development expert
  • Ashley Magdall – Web Support Specialist,Advancement & External Relations – Trainer

A screen reader demonstration will also take place. All are welcome!

Wednesday May 17 at 10am, 11:15am and 1pm – Captioning and Canvas

LB2-216 (just past the UW Bothell IT Help Desk)

Events will be held in LB2-216, there will be two sessions on video captioning. The first one at 10am, Ana Thompson from UW Bothell Learning Technologies, will be hosting: “Captioning in Panopto – Who Knew!”.

The second session, at 11:15am, Ana Thompson will present on “How to Make Canvas Content Universally Accessible for Your Students (One Step at a Time)”.

The third session, at 1pm, will have experts from UW Seattle IT, Doug  HaymanAdaptive Technology Specialist and Susie Hawkey, Operations Manager, both experts from UW IT Access Technology Services, will cover how to use amara.org as well as YouTube’s built-in editor, which are both free captioning options.

Thursday, May 18 – GAAD Celebration at UW Seattle Campus

Participate in events at the UW to mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day and the importance of digital access and inclusion for people with disabilities. Offerings include assistive technology demonstrations; everyday tips for increasing accessibility; an accessibility tools showcase; and workshops on captioning videos, making PDFs accessible, advanced web accessibility techniques. The activities are coordinated by Accessible Technology Services.

For a full listing of events, go to the Accessible Technology Events and Collaboration website.

Friday May 19 at 9:30am and 11:00am  – Document Accessibility Strategies


GAAW will end with a bang in UW2-005, Gaby de Johng, IT Accessibility Specialist at UW IT Access Technology Services, will present on MS Office and PDF Document Accessibility. This session will show how to easy it is to create Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF documents universally accessible from the start. After the document accessibility session, we will have closing remarks and price giveaways.

Go to the online Registration Form to sign up for any or all events!

Please sign-up for as many events as you like. Aside from the great training, tips and tricks that we will be sharing, we will be giving away prizes on Friday. The more events you attend, the more entries you can submit, increasing your chances to win! If you would like a calendar invitation to any of the accessibility events, please contact Ashley Magdall at arm29@uw.edu.

We would like to thank the sponsors of the event for their support and collaboration, making this event possible.

Questions? Feel free to contact:

Ana Thompson, thomana@uw.edu or Ashley Magdall, arm29@uw.edu

Thank you!