Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

May 16th, 2019 marks the seventh annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). "The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) access/inclusion and people with different disabilities." Several activities and webinars are taking place around the world on this topic. Below are a few featured resources. 


Blackboard Follow-The-Sun Webinar Series

To mark the seventh Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Blackboard is promoting a follow-the-sun series of webinars covering trending topics on digital access in education. Join them on Thursday, May 17th, 2018, to discuss accessibility in Education, learn from your peers and share your ideas.

View the Schedule and Register for Blackboard's Webinars

An Introduction to Screen Readers

In this webinar, Steve Sawczyn, Solutions Architect at Deque Systems, will demonstrate how he uses a screen reader to navigate the web. In celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), this fundamentals-based webinar will provide participants a first-hand experience of how people who are visually impaired navigate the web.

Register for the Webinar

Additional Virtual and In-Person Events can be found on the GAAD Events Website.

Experience Accessibility

Demonstration of a Screen Reader

See how a screen reader navigates in an accessible and inaccessible Microsoft Word document. 

#NoMouse Challenge

The No Mouse Challenge was created by the University of Washington to raise awareness about accessible web design. The challenge is designed for you to try navigating a website using only the keyboard. When visiting a website, try accessing all features, buttons, sliders, etc. 

View the #NoMouse Challenge website for Tips for using the keyboard to access web pages.