CREATE is the Center for Research and Education on Accessible Technology and Experiences. Our mission is to make technology accessible and to make the world accessible through technology.

Composite photo of CREATE directors. Top row: Anat Caspi, Director for Translation; Heather Feldner, Associate Director; Leah Findlater, Associate Director. Middle row: James A. Fogarty, Associate Director; Jon Froehlich, Associate Director; Richard Ladner, Director for Education. Bottom row: Jennifer Mankoff, Founding Co-Director; Kat Steele, Associate Director; Jacob O. Wobbrock, Founding Co-Director.

Cross-campus, Interdisciplinary Team

A consortium of faculty from the University of Washington’s Allen School and College of Engineering, School of Medicine and the iSchool.

Faculty members

iSchool Ph.D. student Martez Mott works with participant Ken Frye to test touch-enabled devices for people with motor impairments and for people under the effects of situational impairments


As we work closely with industry to build technology and innovation models, our partners become leaders in accessible technology and inclusive communities. 


Upcoming events

$2.5 million inaugural investment from Microsoft launches CREATE

UW president Ana Mari Cauce, with Brad Smith, Tim Shriver and Jennifer Mankoff, announced the new center and Microsoft’s investment at the Microsoft Ability Summit on May 28.

With a mission to make technology accessible and to make the world accessible through technology, Microsoft’s support will build upon current projects in accessible transportation, augmenting abilities, inclusive design, and “do-it-yourself” technology.

The company’s endorsement of the UW’s accessibility work promises to catalyze additional investment, which, ultimately, could generate the full funding needed to provide long-term support for the Center. 

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