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Building in Accessibility at Universities

Teach Access is “an active collaboration among education, industry, and disability advocacy organizations to address the critical need to enhance students’ understanding of digital accessibility as they learn to design, develop, and build new technologies with the needs of people with disabilities in mind.” In the past, RDPFS partnered with Teach Access to provide faculty grants at universities to include “accessibility knowledge and skills in courses and programs from computer science, design, UX and other disciplines.” Among their current offerings, the Teach Access’s week long Study Away Silicon Valley program “brings together students, faculty, and industry partners to explore the field of accessibility at the industry partner’s site. “Throughout the week, small cross-institutional teams of students work together to solve an accessibility challenge, and receive feedback from industry partners each day. On the final day of the program, student teams present their work in front of all participants as well as representatives from Teach Access member companies.” Teach access also provides a basic training tutorial for designers and developers. There’s even an Accessibility trivia game, although the date for “winning some swag” has passed.