May 21st, 2020 marks the 9th annual celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). GAAD is a global event with a goal to raise awareness about digital access and inclusion for people with disabilities. Join people across the globe in spreading awareness and learning even more about digital accessibility and inclusion.

Here are a few ways you can celebrate GAAD:

  • Try out this fun Accessibility Maze from Ryerson University to learn more about some accessibility barriers.
  • Search and share about GAAD on social media using the hashtags #GAAD and #A11Y.
  • If you normally use a mouse to navigate, consider taking the #NoMouse challenge for at least part of your day to become more familiar with the challenges that inaccessible site elements pose for navigation done by keyboard and other non-mouse devices.
  • Think about attending one of the many free technology and digital accessibility webinars being offered this month by various groups. (Feel free to reach out to Eudora Struble for help finding a webinar that matches your interests.)
  • Have you experienced using a screen reader and relying on auditory information to help you navigate on your computer? Test out a screen reader to better understand how this particular type of assistive technology works and is impacted by inaccessible web features. (Windows (Narrator) and Mac (VoiceOver) have built-in screen readers you can try.)
  • Check out the Web Accessibility Initiative’s videos on Web Accessibility Perspectives to learn about some impacts and benefits of technology accessibility for people in a variety of situations.
  • Finally, don’t forget to share with others in our campus community about Technology Accessibility at Wake, and encourage them to reach out to get involved and learn more!
 Thanks for joining in the celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day!

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