Disability Resources for Students
ADA 25th Anniversary Information
- 1 Overview
- 2 News Articles on 25th ADA Anniversary Celebration and Reflection
- 3 People First Language and Disability Etiquette Resources
- 4 Disability History Exhibit
- 5 Campus Resources on Disability and Accessibility
July 26th, 1990 marked the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act into law across the nation. July 26th, 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of this historical civil rights legislation for people with disabilities. The University of Washington will be celebrated this milestone April 2015-June 2016 through various campus events and activities.
News Articles on 25th ADA Anniversary Celebration and Reflection
- USA Today: How to aid the ADA
- Huffington Post: Silicon Valley vows to improve tech for people with disabilities
- Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council ADA signing celebration
- US Department of Labor 3 Things You Can Do to Celebrate 25 Years of the ADA
- Words I Wheel By: 25 Ways the Americans with Disabilities Act Sparked Positive Change in the United States
- The Washington Post: This small change could make a big difference for accessible technology
- Glossary of ADA Terms by the ADA National Network
People First Language and Disability Etiquette Resources
- A-Z of Disability Etiquette by Independence Australia.
- Disability Etiquette Tips by Ability360 Phoenix.
- People First Language by Kathie Snow.
- Disability Language Style Guide by National Center on Disability and Journalism
- Writing and reporting about people with disabilities – “People First” Language from Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri
- Guidelines for non-handicapping language in APA Journals by the American Psychiatric Association
Disability History Exhibit
The Disability History Exhibit is a multiple panel collage that traces 3000 years of seldom-told history. From antiquity to the present, the exhibit brings viewers through an illustrated timeline that shows society’s attitudes and how they affect the lives of people with disabilities.
Campus Resources on Disability and Accessibility
Accessibility at UW
This website serves as the UW’s hub for information about accessible technology. Accessible technology includes electronic documents, websites, videos, software applications, and hardware devices that can be used effectively by everyone, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors with disabilities. The UW community is collectively responsible for assuring the technologies we choose, use, and create are fully accessible.
- Accessibility at UW
- UW IT Accessibility Guidelines
- UW IT Accessibility Checklist
- UW IT Creating Accessible Videos
Online Document Conversion Tool
DRS and UW IT Accessibility Technology Services are piloting a free web based tool for students, staff and faculty to convert their own documents into an alternative format. It is called the Document Conversion Service and it is free to the UW campus.
Faculty Resources on Accessibility and Disability
Career Development and Students with Disabilities
Changes in federal legislation regarding employment are benefiting people with disabilities now more than ever. DRS, Career Services and DO-IT are partnering on creating resources and information as you embark on your transition to work after the UW.
- DRS Students resources transition to employment
- Employer resources
Experienced teachers from Adaptive Yoga Northwest will explain how adaptive yoga works and offer participants an opportunity to experience poses and breathing techniques. Poses will be adapted to meet individual needs and participants in wheelchairs will be given assistance to transfer to the floor should they desire.
The D Center strives to create an inclusive, accessible space affirming of all bodies, minds and identities by fostering a culture of social justice and pride.
Disability Studies Events and Programs
Disability Studies at the University of Washington involves a multi-campus interdisciplinary group of faculty, staff, students and community members, who share an interest in questions relating to society’s understanding of disability.