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Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2017

This post was originally posted by me on The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Center for Online Learning and Teaching Technology website.

May 18th, 2017 marks the sixth 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 sixth Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Blackboard is promoting a free follow-the-sun series of webinars covering trending topics on digital access in education. Join them on Thursday, May 18th, 2017, to discuss accessibility in Education, learn from your peers and share your ideas.

View the Schedule and Register for Blackboard’s Webinars

ISTE Inclusive Learning Network Online Mini-Conference

The ISTE Inclusive Learning Network will be holding an online mini-conference on digital inclusion on May 18th, 2017. Topics include Design Thinking, Accessible Learning Material, and more.

View the Schedule and Register for ISTE’s Digital Inclusion Mini-Conference

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.

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Eric Silva

Eric is a Systems Analyst and Blackboard Administrator at The University of Texas at San Antonio, and a graduate from Boise State University. Learn more about me.


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