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Access Computing

Supporting people with disabilities in computing fields

The DO-IT Center at the University of Washington came to Fuse IQ in 2013 to complete the first iteration of the website for Access Computing (The Alliance for Access to Computing Careers). The website supports "Increasing the participation of people with disabilities in computing fields". The first site launched in the fall of 2013. In the spring of 2015, Access Computing came back to Fuse IQ to build the next generation of the website, fully mobile reponsive, WCAG 2.0 compliant with expanded features and content, to support the organization's growing needs and audience. 

challenges:

In addition to combining a fully WCAG 2.0 Level AA (fully accessible for disabled users) with a mobile responsive website, we there was requirement to implement contextual branding for different areas of the site. We also took on a fun technical challenge of automatically feeding in and synching content from the UW DO-IT Center's main website.

results:

The new Access Computing website launched on September 25, 2015. The new design has a greatly improved user interface and navigation. Several types of content such as the Knowledge Base articles are authored on the DO-IT website (a completely separate Drupal website), automatically imported to and integrated into the Access Computing site. This was achieved through a combination of Drupal Feeds functionality and custom development. This greatly reduces the content administration for staff editors and leverages the wealth of content already on DO-IT .

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Increasing the participation of people with disabilities in computing fields.
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conclusion:

This was a challenging project on a tight, 3 month timeline. The result was very successful collaboration between Fuse IQ developers, designers, project manager and the staff of University of Washington and Access Computing to meet the goals, timeline and budget for the project.

"It's been a real pleasure on my part and I'm grateful for all that we've achieved together"
- KC Lynch, Operations Specialist, DO-IT Center