HighEdWeb2008 Conference: Infinite Solutions

Session Details

Web Accessibility: How Higher Education is Responding to the Need

UAD1 Usability, Accessibility, and Design Track

Plaster Student Union Traywick Parliamentary Room


In this session, we will explore Web accessibility in higher education from three perspectives. We will discuss results from a recent Web accessibility survey, conducted by Access Technology Higher Education Network (ATHEN). The survey examines colleges and universities' policies and practices related to web accessibility. We will share current practices at the University of Washington, where improving Web accessibility has become a campus-wide cooperative effort. We will explore strategies for influencing the accessibility of vendors' Web-based products.


Terry Thompson
Technology Accessibility Specialist, University of Washington

Terry Thompson is a technology accessibility specialist with the University of Washington (UW), where he provides Web and information technology (IT) accessibility consulting services for UW customers, and serves as technology accessibility specialist for several grant funded projects, including DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology). Terry has over 15 years experience in the IT accessibility field, and has presented internationally at numerous conferences, seminars and workshops. He has consulted widely with government, private industry, and K-12 and postsecondary education entities on IT accessibility issues.