Study Away

Read our recap of Study Away Silicon Valley 2019!

  • Study Away 2021 is underway! More information is below.

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 is virtual, allowing students from around the country to participate safely from home or school. Despite the change in format, the program will still provide an experience where students will learn accessibility fundamentals, get hands-on experience, and have quality networking opportunities with industry members and other students in the program.

The program kicked off on Wednesday, March 24, and will be followed by four weeks of curriculum delivered synchronously and asynchronously. Throughout the program, there will be several opportunities to practice and engage with the material during structured team-based activity challenges. The program will culminate in an optional hackathon, with the winning team recognized on Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on May 20, 2021.

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

Participating Teach Access Companies

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

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

Past Participating Companies include:

  • Apple
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • Walmart
  • Verizon Media Group/Oath

Past Participating Universities include:

  • California State University Northridge
  • Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Michigan State University
  • Olin College of Engineering
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Washington