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

How to get involved

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 and CRA-WP DREU programs. 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

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Student news


  • Carl James Dunlap Memorial Scholarship

    Flyer for the Carl James Dunlap Memorial Scholarship with a link to contact dcenter@uw.edu for details and a picture of the UW Seattle campus in fall.

    University of Washington student Carl James Dunlap had a powerful impact on the UW community with his vibrant personality and persistent advocacy for students with disabilities. To honor his legacy, the Dunlap family established the Carl James Dunlap Memorial Endowment. The Dunlap Memorial Endowment seeks to support students with disabilities encountering unique challenges when attending…

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  • UnlockedMaps provides real-time accessibility info for rail transit users

    screenshot of UnlockedMaps in New York. Stations that are labeled green are accessible while stations that are labeled orange are not accessible. Yellow stations have elevator outages reported.

    Congratulations to CREATE Ph.D. student Ather Sharif, Orson (Xuhai) Xu, and team for this great project on transit access! Together they developed UnlockedMaps, a web-based map that allows users to see in real time how accessible rail transit stations are in six metro areas including Seattle, Philadelphia (where the project was first conceived by Sharif and a friend…

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  • CREATE Leadership at ASSETS’22 Conference

    ASSETS 2022 logo, composed of a PCB-style Parthenon outline with three people standing and communicating with each other in the Parthenon, representing three main iconic disabilities: blind, mobility impaired, deaf and hard of hearing.

    CREATE Associate Director Jon Froehlich was the General Chair for ASSETS'22, the premier ACM conference for research on the design, evaluation, use, and education related to computing for people with disabilities and older adults. This year, over 300 participants from 37 countries engaged with state-of-the-art research in the design and evaluation of technology for people…

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  • Wobbrock team's VoxLens allows screen-reader users to interact with data visualizations

    A screen reader with a refreshable Braille display. Credit: Elizabeth Woolner/Unsplash

    Working with screen-reader users, CREATE graduate student Ather Sharif and Co-Director Jacob O. Wobbrock, along with other UW researchers, have designed VoxLens, a JavaScript plugin that allows people to interact with visualizations. To implement VoxLens, visualization designers add just one line of code. Millions of Americans use screen readers for a variety of reasons, including…

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  • Ph.D. student Ather Sharif targets personalized design, visualizations, ableism

    Headshot of Ather Sharif outside on a sunny balcony with blue sky behind him

    Media sites offer digital graphics for important information such as election polling data, stock market trends, and COVID-19, excluding many users. CREATE Ph.D. student Ather Sharif's research on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) focuses on designing data visualizations to be accessible by people with low vision or who are blind. “We have built a world where people…

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