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.

The need for greater access

Top photo: student with dexterity disability working with 2 others on design. Bottom photo: Student works with participant to test touch-enabled devices for people with motor impairments

A core mantra of the disability movement is “Nothing about us without us,” yet technical advances often assume a certain set of abilities, limit customizability, and fail to include people with disabilities as creators of technology.

The major challenges of creating accessible technology and of making the world accessible through technology are outpacing even the most talented individual researchers and small teams. 

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Taking accessibility to the next level

By supporting CREATE, you support education, fund research, and translate those to real-world solutions for the 1 in 4 people in the U.S. who have disabilities.

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Cross-campus, interdisciplinary team

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

Composite image of CREATE leadership – First row: Anat Caspi, Heather Feldner, Leah Findlater, James Fogarty, Jon Froehlich. Second row: Mark Harniss (Director for Education), Jennifer Mankoff (Director), Kat Steele, Jacob O. Wobbrock.
CREATE Leadership – First row: Anat Caspi, Heather Feldner, Leah Findlater, James Fogarty, Jon Froehlich. Second row: Mark Harniss (Director for Education), Jennifer Mankoff (Director), Kat Steele, Jacob O. Wobbrock.

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Feldner and Mankoff on CREATE:
The center’s long-term goals, ongoing research highlights, and their views of common misconceptions about disability

CREATE Director Jennifer Mankoff and Associate Director Heather Feldner appeared on the CREATE-ing Access episode of National Science Foundation’s NSF Discovery Files. Give it a look and give it a like!

Still image from YouTube video: split screen with Heather Feldner and Jennifer Mankoff discussing CREATE on National Science Foundation’s NSF Discovery Files.

YEAR 3 IMPACT REPORT:
CREATE’s Accomplishments in Research, Education, Translation, and Leadership and New Goals

Our annual look at the past year’s goals and accomplishments addresses fostering research and education excellence; an added focus on the understudied area of Race, Technology and Disability; growth in the depth and breadth of our partnerships; and meaningful translation results. We outline new goals to further strategic applications in priority areas and to move the field of accessibility forward in AI+Accessibility, connecting projects with disabled perspectives and study participants, training and supporting accessibility researchers, and fundraising.

Three pages from CREATE's Year 3 Impact Report showing the main page, and the headings from the Research and Education pages.
Three pages from CREATE’s Year 3 Impact Report. View or download the PDF.