Accessibility training for IT vendors: a new model to reach accessibility

Presented at 8:00am in Westminster IV on Thursday, November 21, 2019.



  • Hadi Rangin, IT Accessibility Specialist, University of Washington

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


University of Washington provides on-site accessibility training to vendors that have demonstrated strong commitment and have an accessibility roadmap. In this session we will sharing how we structure and perform our trainings.


Accessibility is rarely discussed in classrooms teaching the next generation of designers and developers of future applications. Although slow, but consistent improvement has been made to increase awareness of the importance of teaching accessibility best practices, the average developer or designer likely has little to no training on accessibility, or has heard of accessible design, but does not have the expertise to apply their knowledge to a live product.

The University of Washington has taken steps to incorporate accessibility in the commercial software development flow by offering partnered software vendors the opportunity to attend free on-site trainings on accessible design and development.

In this session, we will discuss the successes observed by the University of Washington after offering on-site trainings to companies such as Workday, Zoom and ServiceNow.


  1. How we help technology companies to develop accessibility roadmaps.
  2. How we structure and develop our training plans.
  3. How we measure accessibility progress and success.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Uncategorized, Web/Media/App Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Hadi Rangin

Hadi Rangin is an Information Technology Accessibility Specialist at the University of Washington in Seattle. In this position he is tasked with improving access to information technologies for all users, including those with disabilities. To do this Hadi works with and advises software engineers, designers, administrators, and purchasers on accessible implementation techniques, quality assurance, and best practices. Some of the higher education vendors Hadi has collaborated with include Blackboard, Blackboard Collaborate, Desire2Learn, Moodle, Canvas, Elsevier, Ebsco, Ex-Libris, PeopleSoft, Microsoft, Google, Qualtrics, Ellucian, Workday, ServiceNow, Trumba, Innotas, Zoom, and many more.

Additionally, Hadi teaches the Universal Design Principles for Online Learning as well as the Certificate of Professional Development course in Information Accessibility Design and Policy for the University of Illinois.

Hadi's educational background is in Computer Science with a focus on Network Management and Human-Computer Interfaces. As someone who is blind, Hadi brings a wealth of personal and professional experiences to the many spheres he works within.