Looking for courses that include curriculum about accessibility? Start here – but do check the UW course catalog, MyPlan and the department course listings to confirm when courses are taught and by whom.

CSE 340 – Interaction Programming »

  • Accessibility assignment and related learnings

User interfaces for computing systems, including principles and implementation techniques. Covers key topics and programming paradigms for interactive systems, such as event handling; graphical layout, design, and widgets; undo; accessibility; and context awareness. Provides experience with modern application domains and frameworks (e.g., mobile applications).

Instructor: Jen Mankoff, Lauren Bricker
Quarter: Winter

CSE 440 – Introduction to HCI »

  • Lecture on accessibility

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) theory and techniques. Methods for designing, prototyping, and evaluating user interfaces to computing applications. Human capabilities, interface technology, interface design methods, and interface evaluation tools and techniques. Prerequisite: CSE 332.

Instructor: Amy Zhang
Quarter: Autumn

CSE 482 – Capstone Software Design to Empower Underserved Populations »

Students work in teams to design and implement a software project involving multiple areas of the CSE curriculum, for the purpose of empowering marginalized or underserved populations.

Instructor: Anat Caspi
Quarter: expected 2023
Prerequisites: CSE 332; CSE 351; either CSE 331 or CSE 352
Course details in MyPlan (UW ID required)

CSE 590w – Accessibility Research Seminar »

The seminar is for students and faculty members to explore research in accessible computing for people with disabilities in the context of human-computer interaction (HCI). The seminar consists of short student presentations of current research results, followed by discussion and critical evaluations the research. Topics vary by quarter.

Instructor: various CREATE graduate students
Quarter: varies
CREATE description | CS course description | time schedule (UW ID required)

CSE 599H – Computer Science for Social Good »

Use computer science tools to tackle real world projects in a productive fashion. It has been said that when you have a hammer, everything seems like a nail. This is certainly true of technology. We will explore how to identify true nails, given technological hammer.

Instructor: Jen Mankoff
Quarter: TBA
CSE 599H Course syllabus  | time schedule (UW ID required)

DISST – Disabilities Studies courses »

Disability Studies is a multi-disciplinary field that investigates, critiques, and enhances Western society’s understandings of disability.
Disabilities Studies course descriptions | UW course catalog

DISST 332 – Disability & Society: A Focus on Community and the Outdoors »

A community partnership with the Outdoors For All Foundation, the course focuses on disability, community, and play in the outdoors and seeks to provide students with a place to learn about Disability Studies in Education in applied contexts via service learning.

Instructor: Jason Naranjo, UW Bothell
Cross-listed on UW Bothell and Seattle campuses
Course flyer | Course description in MyPlan

Gen St 297 – Disability 101: Identity, Education, Careers, & Leadership »

Small-group discussion with faculty representing a wide spectrum of academic disciplines. Topics include faculty’s research techniques or findings, concentrated reading in his/her area of interest, or illustrated problems and alternative related to the study of a particular academic discipline. Class structure varies based on instructor.

Instructor: Scott Bellman, Sheryl Burgstahler
Quarter: Autumn

HCDE 315 – Inclusive Design and Engineering »

Surveys a range of methods that examine, support, and interrogate design and engineering for disability and inclusivity. Students enact inclusive methods, reflect on their capacities to broaden design and engineering goals, and critique and evaluate their effectiveness from a variety of perspectives.

Instructor: Sarah Coppola
Quarter: Autumn 2022
Prerequisite: none

HCDE 515 – Accessibility and Inclusive Design »

Introduction to designing, prototyping, and evaluating inclusive user interfaces that meet the needs of a diverse range of users – such as older adults; users with visual, cognitive or motor disabilities; and users who are deaf or hard of hearing. Building on basic concepts in human-centered design, students will learn about design exclusion and barriers to use, and methods by which these can be overcome.

Instructor: Leah Findlater
Quarter: Spring
Prerequisite: HCDE 518

ITA 340 – Introduction to Web Publishing »

  • Includes the Web Accessibility Initiative

Introduction to markup languages and publishing web content. Students gain understanding of HTML coding and extensions, image manipulation, information architecture, and web site publishing. Includes the Web Accessibility Initiative.

Instructor: iSchool
Quarter: TBA

ITA 341 – Client-side Scripting and Design »

Introduction to web browser design environment, scripting languages, JavaScript, Document Object Model, and creation of dynamic HTML web pages in combination with Cascading Style Sheets. Includes client-server architecture and web design principles in the contexts of technical feasibility, usability, and accessibility.

Instructor: iSchool
Quarter: TBA

ME 412 – Biomechanics of Movement »

Introduction to the dynamics and control of human movement and other biological systems. An overview of the major challenges in movement biomechanics and experience with the engineering tools we use to address these challenges. Course includes weekly assignment, hands-on labs, and a final project.

Instructor: Kat Steele
Quarter: Winter
Prerequisites: ME 374 or permission

PMP – Future of Access Technologies »

Accessible technologies are at the forefront of technological innovation in a changing society. This class covers these cutting edge technologies, teaches thinking about access and inclusion, and looks at some of the history and critical theory around disability. Primarily, this is a class to build in, and we will learn about physical access technology using Arduinos and fabrication tools as well as software access technology. This is a graduate class with a fairly open-ended project at the end.

Instructor: Jen Mankoff
Quarter: varies
Prerequisites: comfort with programming, new languages

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