CREATE student members are University of Washington students who are interested in a facet of accessibility: research, education, or translation-to-practice. 


CREATE Student Kickoff Meeting

Wednesday, October 11, 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
CSE2/Gates Room 271
Signup requested by October 6

Students are invited to learn about how CREATE supports and engages student members and to share ideas about how CREATE can support students in building skills and expertise in accessibility, technology, and disability. Mark Harniss, Director of Education, and Director Jen Mankoff look forward to meeting with you.

How to get involved

To do/learn: Consider these programs: Get started:
Adaptive engineering design, hands-on adaptive making, and to connect with other students HuskyAdapt, a student-run group that learns about and creates adaptive toys that are distributed to the community Apply in October-November
Research Experience for Undergrads (REU) DUB REU Apply in January
CRA-WP DREU Apply in March
Teach Access Away Spring info sessions
Academics Accessibility courses at the UW Fall, Winter and Spring quarters
Connect with students, faculty and researchers Join the CREATE Slack community ongoing
Announcements, updates, events Join a CREATE mailing list ongoing

To get involved, connect with other students through HuskyAdapt, a student-run group that provides opportunities to learn about and create adaptive toys (which are distributed to the community) and learn about adaptive engineering design. Also consider the DUB REU, CRA-WP DREU, and AccessComputing’s Teach Access Away programs that starts in spring. Check out our list of accessibility courses at the UW. And be sure to join the CREATE Slack community and CREATE mailing lists where we announce other events.

A purple-tinted collage of UW students working with adults with various mobility and communication disabilities to develop tools to improve their function.
UW students work with adults with mobility and communication disabilities to develop tools for better access.

What you gain as a student member

To join CREATE as a student member, sign up for the CREATE Students email list.

Become a CREATE Student Member

Student news

  • UW News: How an assistive-feeding robot went from picking up fruit salads to whole meals

    Training a robot to feed people presents an array of challenges for researchers. Foods come in a nearly endless variety of shapes and states (liquid, solid, gelatinous), and each person has a unique set of needs and preferences. A team led by CREATE Ph.D. students Ethan K. Gordon and Amal Nanavati created a set of…

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  • Off to the Park: A Geospatial Investigation of Adapted Ride-on Car Usage

    November 7, 2023 Adapted ride-on cars (ROC) are an affordable, power mobility training tool for young children with disabilities. But weather and adequate drive space create barriers to families' adoption of their ROC.  CREATE Ph.D. student Mia E. Hoffman is the lead author on a paper that investigates the relationship between the built environment and…

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  • UW News: Can AI help boost accessibility? CREATE researchers tested it for themselves

    November 2, 2023 | UW News Generative artificial intelligence tools like ChatGPT, an AI-powered language tool, and Midjourney, an AI-powered image generator, can potentially assist people with various disabilities. They could summarize content, compose messages, or describe images. Yet they also regularly spout inaccuracies and fail at basic reasoning, perpetuating ableist biases. This year, seven CREATE researchers conducted…

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  • UW News: A11yBoard accessible presentation software

    October 30, 2023 | UW News A team led by CREATE researchers has created A11yBoard for Google Slides, a browser extension and phone or tablet app that allows blind users to navigate through complex slide layouts, objects, images, and text. Here, a user demonstrates the touchscreen interface. Team members Zhuohao (Jerry) Zhang, Jacob O. Wobbrock,…

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  • Augmented Reality to Support Accessibility

    October 25, 2023 RASSAR – Room Accessibility and Safety Scan in Augmented Reality – is a novel smartphone-based prototype for semi-automatically identifying, categorizing, and localizing indoor accessibility and safety issues. With RASSAR, the user holds out their phone and scans a space. The tool uses LiDAR and camera data, real-time machine learning, and AR to…

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