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E-GAADs We're Celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day!
Thursday, May 18, 2023 is GAAD Day!
CELEBRATE ACCESSIBILITY with the Center for Accessibility Services office.
Spend 1 hour on Thursday, May 18th, learning about digital accessibility.
What can you do in 1 hour? A LOT!
- Put your mouse away. Try navigating your computer with only your keyboard using keyboard shortcuts. (Keyboard Quick Reference-PC only, MAC Keyboard Shortcuts)
- Put your keyboard away. Use Microsoft Voice Access to navigate your computer.
- Watching a video? Add the captions. Is there an option for captions? Are the captions effective? Try Microsoft's live captioning available in the Accessibility setting.
- Use Microsoft headings to structure your Word document.
- Is your file accessible? Run your file through a Microsoft Office accessibility checker.
- Using color on your work? Check that the color contrast is effective by using Microsoft's color contrast checker.
How Did GAAD Start?
The internet, of course! One post gets liked, and shared and poof. Two people with a shared interest connected. Joe Devon's post on November 2011 caught the attention of Jennison Asuncion. Now the 3rd Thursday of May is an annual celebration for digital accessibility.
What is Digital Accessibility Exactly?
Accessibility.com defines digital accessibility as, "Websites, apps, kiosks, electronic documents, and anything people read or do in digital form should be created in a way that allows independent use by people with disabilities."
How Can You Participate in Our E-GAAD Day?
- Provide effective color contrast
- Use Microsoft's magnifier to better see text on your screen.
- Use browsers and documents with Read Aloud Options. Examples include Microsoft Edge Immersive Reader and Chrome extention, Read aloud.
- Is your website or document screen reader accessible for the Blind? Try Microsoft's Narrator.
- Use closed captions
- Create a transcript before recording a presentation using Microsoft dictation.
- Add a real-time voice to text transcription app, to your iPhone (Transcribe-Speech to Text) or Android (Live Transcribe).
- Provide all directions and due dates in text on your website.
- Provide 1 place for all information.
- Include extra time for comprehension issues in group discussions.
- Ensure your course materials are accessible for text to speech software.
- Maintain posted due dates.
- Use built in Microsoft Office 365 features to create accessible documents.
- Use built in Apple features to create accessible documents.
- Use built in headings in Word documents.
- Use built in Office 365 accessibility checkers.
- Scanning and uploading documents to your D2L? Make sure the documents are not images and can be used with with text to speech software.
- Visual (e.g., visually impaired, color blindness)
- Motor/mobility (e.g., wheelchair-user concerns)
- Auditory (hearing difficulties)
- Seizures (especially photosensitive epilepsy)
- Learning/cognitive (e.g., dyslexia, comprehension)
Common Website Accessibility Failures
According to WebAIM Million Report
Built-In Accessibility Features
Color Contrast Checkers