2021 Virtual Format

In 2018 and 2019, the Study Away program was a week-long in-person event in Silicon Valley. In 2021, for the first time, our program was virtual, allowing students from around the country to participate safely from home or school. Despite the change in format, the program still provided an experience where students learned accessibility fundamentals, got hands-on experience, and had quality networking opportunities with industry members and other students in the program.

The program kicked off on Wednesday, March 24, and was followed by four weeks of curriculum delivered synchronously and asynchronously. Throughout the program, there were several opportunities to practice and engage with the material during structured team-based activity challenges. The program culminated in an optional hackathon, with the winning team recognized on Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on May 20, 2021. The names of the winners are listed at the bottom of this page.

Program Overview

The Teach Access Study Away Silicon Valley program brings together students, faculty, and industry partners to explore the field of accessible technology design and development.

In addition to learning about accessibility, other goals of this learning program include

  • Equipping students to be advocates and champions for accessibility

  • Building and expanding students’ professional networks

  • Learning about career paths in accessibility

  • Understanding work processes in the tech industry

Students can expect to engage with topics such as:

  • Assistive technology

  • Web/app accessibility

  • Accessible events

  • Racial justice, intersectionality, and disability rights

  • Accessible design

  • Inclusive marketing & storytelling

VIDEO: Closing the Accessible Technology Skills Gap: Teach Access Study Away

Study Away 2021 Participating Teach Access Companies

  • Apple
  • EY
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • LinkedIn
  • Microsoft
  • Spotify
  • Verizon
  • Verizon Media
  • Walmart

Study Away 2021 Participating Teach Access Universities

  • California State University, Northridge
  • Marshall University
  • Michigan State University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Sonoma State University
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Washington

2021 Accessathon Winners

1st Place Winner

Green Team: Classroom Communication Tech Tool 

  • Cole Inniss – Rochester Institute of Technology 
  • Gary Tubbs – Michigan State University 
  • Harsh Jain – Rochester Institute of Technology 
  • Imari Cheyne Tetu – Michigan State University 
  • Kamryn McKenzie – University of Southern California
  • Lilian Coutts – University of Washington

2nd Place Winner

Red Team: Indoor Navigation Application

  • Avigna Tatineni – Michigan State University 
  • Grady Thompson – University of Washington 
  • Katie Albus – Michigan State University 
  • Qixin Ding – University of Washington 
  • Randall Le – University of Southern California
  • Sagarika Verma – Rochester Institute of Technology 
  • Vijayalaxmi MP – University of Washington 

3rd Place Winners

Blue Team: Mental Health and Accessibility 

  • Adrienne Moon – Sonoma 
  • Albert Kim – University of Southern California
  • Emily Lin – Michigan State University 
  • Emma Sadjo – University of Washington 
  • Harshitha Padiyar – University of Southern California

Orange Team: AccessaNote – Improving DSP Note Taking Services 

  • Brittnay Stahl – Michigan State University 
  • Claire Jaesook Lee-Kim – University of Washington 
  • Han Feng – University of Washington 
  • Jay Goettman – University of Southern California
  • Mohamed Alhaddad – Michigan State University
  • Winfield Zhao – University of Southern California

Past Participating Companies include:

  • Apple
  • EY
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • LinkedIn
  • Microsoft
  • Spotify
  • Verizon
  • Verizon Media
  • Walmart

Past Participating Universities include:

  • California State University Northridge
  • Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Marshall University
  • Michigan State University
  • Olin College of Engineering
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Sonoma State University
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Washington