Do you know what day it is?
May 21 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of the day to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital accessibility and users with different disabilities. You can read more about GAAD on their website:
Don’t think digital accessibility is important to you? Do you use a computer for work? Do your students or staff use a computer or digital device to stay connected to the college, the office, your classes? Yeah, we thought so.
In the spirit of engagement and learning, CEAL is challenging you, dear readers, to level up your awareness of digital accessibility today by taking 30 minutes out of your day and learn more about digital accessibility (or the lack of) first hand. How can you do that? Here are a few ideas ( you can probably think of many more).
- Try going “mouse-less” for 30 minutes. Go ahead and put your mouse out of reach and only use your keyboard alone (tab/shift tab, arrow keys, enter and spacebar) to navigate and interact with your favorite websites and applications.
- Watch a favorite YouTube or TED video with the audio turned off and captioning on (if there is captioning…).
- Read Kyle Peirson’s (CEAL ed tech assistant) blog post about color and experiment with the Colorwheel tool he mentions.
- Watch this 13 min. YouTube video to learn how a user who is visually impaired uses a screenreader to navigate a website.
- Take a field trip to stop in and say hello to the Access and Disabilities Services staff on your campus. Pick up some information from them about the work they do and the resources available for students.
For more information visit the GAAD site and learn more about this event and other issues and resources related to digital accessibility.
And don’t forget to take our challenge!
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