Teach Access Virtual Study Away
Event Type
Broadening Participation in Computing
TimeThursday, September 162:45pm - 3:30pm CDT
DescriptionAccessibility is an important part of designing and building products, yet many undergraduate students are not receiving any instruction on how to design for accessibility. Teach Access[1,2] was founded in 2015 as a joint endeavor between industry and academia to address this issue. As part of the larger Teach Access initiative to include accessibility topics in higher education, we discuss our experience designing and hosting a four-week virtual study away program with over 80 students from nine universities across the US. During the program, faculty and students participated in sessions with accessibility experts from a variety of technology companies. Students learned about accessibility and assistive technologies, heard from disability advocates, learned about career paths in accessibility, engaged in AI and VR research in accessibility, discussed racial justice, intersectionality, and disability rights, thought about accessible design and hosting accessible events, and had the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a team project. Student participants were placed in four to five person cross-disciplinary, multi-institutional teams and competed to build their own accessibility focused awareness or technology project during our Accessathon.