Global Accessibility Awareness Days at LWTech

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What is Global Accessibility Awareness Days at LWTech?

GAAD logo: Global Accessibility Awareness Days Presented by LWTech Digital Accessiblity CommitteeLWTech’s Digital Accessibility Committee hosted our first Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) week-long celebration during May 17th through May 21st, 2021. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the GAAD on May 20, 2021, around the world, and LWTech is made its participation debut! The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking, and learning about digital access and inclusion, and the more than One Billion people with disabilities/impairments. Here at LWTech, we are took it one step further by commemorating GAAD as a week-long virtual event!

What is Digital Accessibility?

Every user deserves a first-rate digital experience whether it is on the web or their electronic device. Someone with a disability must be able to experience web-based services, content and other digital products with the same successful outcome as those without disabilities. This awareness and commitment to inclusion is the goal of GAAD, a global event that shines a light on digital access and inclusion for people with disabilities.

From globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org 

2021 GAAD Week at LWTech! 

May 17 - 21, 2021

LWTech offered a week-long virtual event filled with micro-workshops, videos, challenges, games, and other activities related to digital accessibility. All events were open to the LWTech Community. Each day consisted of a theme, a challenge of the day, suggestions for what you can do, and a daily takeaway.

Today's Theme: Introduction to Accessibility

Today's events are asynchronous:

  • Watch: Welcome message
  • Learn: Introduction to your role with digital accessibility
  • Today's challenge
  • What you can do
  • Today's takeaways (enter prize drawing)

Watch: Welcome Message from LWTech President, Dr. Amy Morrison



Learn: Introduction to Your Role With Digital Accessibility

What is digital content? 

We all create digital content in our work. We create it when we send emails, make Word or PDFs, or any other software or web-created content.  

Digital accessibility is making sure digital content is formatted in a way that people with disabilities can engage with it without asking for an accommodation. Creating accessible content from the start benefits everyone.  

Consider this in your day-to-day work

All of us have the responsibility to proactively create digital content that is accessible (creates no barriers) for our students and employees. This section includes insightful videos and websites to peruse while keeping our students and employees in mind.

Being reactive or proactive to needs

As employees of a higher education institution, it’s important to know the difference between Accommodations and Accessibility in terms of Digital Accessibility as we are required by law to create accessible digital content to create equitable experiences.

Watch: Accessibility and Accommodation (2 minutes 47 seconds) describes the two concepts. 



Today's Challenge: Try as Many As You Would Like

Why DOES accessibility matter?

Find at least one new-to-you fact on SBCTC’s Why Accessibility Matters page and/or the Types of Disabilities and Barriers page.

Empathize

Experience watching a video as if you were deaf or hard of hearing. For all three videos turn OFF/mute your device volume.

Empathize

Experience browsing a website as if you had fine motor impairments and could not use a mouse. Browse a website of your choice using this guide on using only the keyboard.

What You Can Do: It's a Journey, Not a Destination

What Are Your Takeaways From Today? (Enter for Gift Card Draw)

May 17th entries are now closed. However visit today's entries in the adjacent tab to learn more about Digital Accessibility and enter your takeaways into today's Padlet.

View all Padlet entries in a separate tab

Thank you to the LWTech Foundation for their support of the 2021 Global Accessibility Awareness Days week.

Today's Theme: Accessibility at LWTech

Today's events are asynchronous:

  • Watch: LWTech student experiences
  • Learn: LWTech's digital accessibility resources and Otter AI
  • Today's challenge: How screen readers sound
  • What you can do
  • Today's takeaways (enter prize drawing)

Watch: LWTech Students Talk About Their Experiences



Learn: LWTech Digital Accessibility Resources and Screen Readers

Today's Challenge: Experience Word and PDF Documents

Hear How a Screen Reader Sounds 

There are many types of screen readers out there and some are already installed on your device/operating system. You simply need to activate them. 

Use a screen reader to experience accessible versus not accessible documents, such as in Word or PDF format. Download each version of the documents below and then use the screen reader to see the difference between each format.

  1. Use a screen reader for Word documents 
  2. Use a screen reader for a PDF document 

What did you discover about how you experienced each document? Compare that to how you experience it visually? Are they the same? 

What You Can Do

What Are Your Takeaways From Today? (Enter for Gift Card Draw)

May 18th entries are now closed. However visit today's entries in the adjacent tab to learn more about Digital Accessibility and enter your takeaways into today's Padlet.

 

View Padlet in a separate tab

Thank you to the LWTech Foundation for their support of the 2021 Global Accessibility Awareness Days week.

Today's Theme: Expand Your Skills in Creating Accessible Content 

Today's events are synchronous (live) and asynchronous:

  • Watch and Learn: Micro-Sampler Training You Can Join
  • Learn: LWTech's digital accessibility resources and Otter AI
  • Today's challenge: Make your documents accessible
  • What you can do
  • Today's takeaways (enter prize drawing)

Watch and Learn Live: Micro-Sampler Training You Can Join 

  • 9 a.m. Making Word Docs Accessible (Rhonda DeWitt)
  • 9:30 a.m. Making PDFs Accessible (Alisa Shtromberg)
  • 10 a.m. Demo: Using the Canvas Ally tool to check your Canvas course files for accessibility (Niki Fleetwood)
  • 10:30 a.m. Otter Ai demo or info on assistive technologies (Mony Loeum)
  • 11 a.m. Making PowerPoints Accessible (Erin Smith)

Get Zoom Link

Today's Challenge: Make Your Documents Accessible

What You Can Do

What Are Your Takeaways From Today? (Enter for Gift Card Draw)

May 19th entries are now closed. However visit today's entries in the adjacent tab to learn more about Digital Accessibility and enter your takeaways into today's Padlet.

View Padlet in a separate tab

Thank you to the LWTech Foundation for their support of the 2021 Global Accessibility Awareness Days week.

Today's Theme: Exploring Accessibility Tools and Resources

Today's events are asynchronous:

  • Watch: Captioning videos
  • Learn: Automated tools
  • Today's challenge: Explore accessibility tools and resources
  • What you can do
  • Today's takeaways (enter prize drawing)

Watch and Learn: Captioning Videos and Automated Tools at LWTech

All videos should have captions and/or transcripts to ensure everyone has the opportunity to engage with your content and that you're complying with legally required digital accessibility guidelines. Learn more about best practices for video captioning on the Quick Guides and Tutorials page.

Learn: Automated Tools at LWTech

SensusAccess

SensusAccess is an online document conversion system that transforms text and image-based file types into different formats. Students, staff and faculty can upload files through a web interface and select from a variety of output options, including audio, Braille, or e-text formats. The service can convert text files into alternate format types as well as convert image-based files into text formatted files.

Try Out SensusAccess

LWTech Website Accessibility Widget

Having trouble with the LWTech website colors? Or font size? While we are making every effort to make the website fully accessibility compliant, we are not totally there yet. However, we do provide a little accessibility widget to help with some of the barriers that you may face when perusing the site. 

Accessing the website widget:

  1. Load any LWTech webpage 
  2. Look for a round icon in the upper right corner with a little sketch of a human
    Screenshot of the accessibility widget located at the top right of every LWTech webpage
  3. Click on the icon. This will slide out a menu with many options
  4. Click around the options to see how the webpage view changes
  5. Reset all your settings by selecting the Reset All button.
Other Tools and Resources

Explore out our new nline Tools and Resources webpage

Today's Challenge

  • Try a Color Contrast CheckerIf you are not suffering from a color vision deficiency see what it looks like to be colorblind. Go to The Color Blindness Simulator and explore what it is like when materials are not created with color contrast in mind. 
  • See what a favorite website of yours looks to various types of color blind deficiencies by pasting the URL in the Color blind webpage checker.
  • Use SensusAccess to make a document accessible. Compare with a document that you made accessible yourself. 

What You Can Do

What Are Your Takeaways From Today? (Enter for Gift Card Draw)

May 20th entries are now closed. However visit today's entries in the adjacent tab to learn more about Digital Accessibility and enter your takeaways into today's Padlet.

View Padlet in a separate tab

Thank you to the LWTech Foundation for their support of the 2021 Global Accessibility Awareness Days week.

Today's Theme: Connecting Disability to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Work 

Today's events are asynchronous:

  • Watch and Learn: What is Intersectionality
  • Today's challenge: Attend Digital Accessibility Committee meeting today (Prize Drawing)!
  • What you can do
  • Thank you

Watch and Learn: What is Intersectionality

Washington State University (WSU) Disability and Intersectionality Speaker Series

WSU's Disability and Intersectionality Fall 2020 Speaker Series is intended to provide a platform for the underrepresented voices within the disability community. This series will address the intersection of disability and race, sexuality, sexual orientation, religion, and socio-economic status. This series is hosted by the WSU Access Center and the Disabled Students and Allies Club (DSAAC).

Watch the Washington State University Disability and Intersectionality Speaker Series

Today's Challenge: Attend Digital Accessibility Committee Meeting Today!

Join the Digital Accessibility Committee (DAC) today at 10 a.m. when we will wrap up this event by drawing 16 persons that entered in the GAAD Week Entries for the chance for a $25 gift card. Then stick around for DAC's regular meeting and see what the committee is up to. 

Join DAC Meeting via Zoom

  • Meeting ID: 832 1716 1721 | Passcode: 227340 
  • One tap mobile  +12532158782,,83217161721# US (Tacoma) 

What You Can Do

Thank You

Thank you to the LWTech Foundation for their support of the 2021 Global Accessibility Awareness Days week.

Thank you to President Morrison for her support of GAAD week, Digital Accessibility Committee, and her commitment to digital accessibility, equity, diversity, and inclusion. 

Thank you to the Digital Accessibility Committee and the GAAD planning committee for your hard work. Without you the new Digital Accessibility webpages and GAAD week would not have been possible. 

Thank you to all GAAD week participants and the LWTech community for your support for equal access to all!

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Check Out The Awesome Goodies We Have For YOU!

We ask that you help us spread the word about GAAD Week at LWTech.

  • Encourage your teammates and colleagues to check out the GAAD webpages each day during the week of May 17th to May 21st. Be sure to encourage any students that may be working in your offices as well!
  • Don't forget to remind them that there will be a chance to win a $25 gift card!
  • Watch for our all college email announcements.
  • Use the visual assets below in your email signatures and zoom backgrounds.

Add Email Signature

Email signature: GAAD Global Accessibility Awareness Days, May 17-21, 2021, LWTech.edu/GAAD, Presented by: LWTech Digital Accessibility Week

How To Add Image to Your Email Signature

  1. Right click or click the image to save to your computer
  2. Add image to your signature

Use Zoom Backgrounds

  • Click on image or link below the image, then drag full size image to your desktop or right click and select Save As to download the image to your computer.
  • Setting Virtual Background Instructions: Zoom Virtual Background Help page.

 


State of Accessibility (of Websites)

In 2020 WebAIM (Web Accessibility In Mind) conducted an analysis of the top 1 million homepages for accessibility issues. In order for websites to be considered accessible, they must conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). Currently the version of WCAG that websites must comply to are 2.0 and 2.1.

WebAIM Accessibility Findings

To learn more about WebAIM's methods and a more in-depth analysis, take a look at their The WebAIM Million webpage.

Common Disabilities and Impairments

The following is by no means the full list, but some of the more common occurring disabilities and/or impairments. These may be present in a person who is fully aware of it and may or may not be disclosing it, but also in a person who may not be aware of their disability (for example partial visual or hearing loss due to aging or some form of color blindness).

While the Americans Disabilities Act does not define a list of all disabilities, a more comprehensive list can be found on the Job Network Accommodation.

Navigate Digital Accessibility Pages