Global Accessibility Awareness Days at LWTech

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What are Global Accessibility Awareness Days at LWTech?

GAAD logo: Global Accessibility Awareness Days Presented by LWTech Digital Accessiblity Committee This year marks the 11th anniversary of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), and LWTech's second year participating! 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 took it one step further by commemorating GAAD as a week-long 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 

2022 GAAD Week at LWTech! 

May 16 - 19, 2022

LWTech offers a week-long event filled with micro-workshops, videos, challenges, games, and other activities related to learning about digital accessibility. All events are open to the LWTech Community. Each day consists of a theme, a challenge of the day, tips for moving forward, and a daily takeaway.

Beyond GAAD Week

Thank You

Thank you to the LWTech Foundation for their support of the 2022 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. 

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

View Padlet in a separate tab

Today's Theme: Accessibility Tools & Technologies

Today's events are synchronous (in-person) and asynchronous:

  • Watch: Captioning videos
  • Learn:
    • In-Person: Snack & Learn: Foundations of Accessible Elearning
    • Virtual: Automated tools
  • Today's challenge: Explore accessibility tools and resources
  • Tips for moving forward
  • Share your takeaways (enter prize drawing)

Grab a free snack and join us in watching this pre-recorded session presented by LinkedIn Learning. Providing accommodations to make learning accessible is a focal part of training and education. But how do you remove the barriers to effective learning when your classroom goes online? In this course, Oliver Schinkten explores accessibility and fairness in elearning, giving you strategies based on best practices to keep your classroom open and meaningful for all. Thank you to the Foundation for funding this event!


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 our new online Tools and Resources webpage

Watch

Learn about free and very robust note-taking tool, Otter AI. This demonstration shows you a lot of extra features that are helpful to people with various disabilities and from which everyone can benefit. 

Learn more about Otter AI

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 how 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. 

Tips for Moving Forward

What Are Your Takeaways From Today? (Enter for $25 Gift Card Drawing)

Visit the Padlet link below to add your takeaway from today (what you learned, new ideas) and to read what your colleagues posted.

View GAAD Takeaways Padlet

Thank you to the LWTech Foundation for their support of the 2022 Global Accessibility Awareness Days week.

Today's Theme: Digital Accessibility at LWTech

Today's events are synchronous (in-person) and asynchronous:

  • Watch: LWTech student experiences
  • Learn:
    • In-Person - Lunch & Learn: Web Accessibility
    • Virtual - LWTech's digital accessibility resources
  • Today's challenge: try using a screen reader
  • Tips for moving forward
  • Share your takeaways (enter prize drawing)

Watch: LWTech Students Talk About Their Experiences


Grab a free slice of pizza and join in this viewing party of a live talk on web accessibility. How do people with disabilities use computers or navigate websites? What tools do they use? How does it work? What is it like? Deque's Accessibility Awareness Lab will demonstrate how people with disabilities experience and use technology. Pizza will be available as supplies last. Thank you to the Foundation for funding this event!


Learn: LWTech Digital Accessibility Resources

Your Role

Digital accessibility, and how we support persons with disabilities, is a shared responsibility across the college. Accessible materials ensure all students can participate in, and benefit from, learning opportunities.

  1. Browse LWTech's Digital Accessibility website

  2. Learn about how to properly structure web and office document content from the Quick Guides and Tutorials.
Accessibility Reporting

Have you noticed something that is not accessible? Please use the online Accessibility and Disability Complaint form to report accessibility concerns related to disability accommodations, digital resources, physical area issues on campus, and other accessibility-related concerns.

File an Accessibility Report

Digital Accessibility Committee (DAC)

LWTech's Digital Accessibility Committee works toward awareness and usage of best practices with digital accessibility in all aspects of the college's work. Please look at the DAC webpage to learn more about this group. 

Disability Support Services

Disability Support Services (DSS) works to ensure students who experience disability have an equal opportunity to participate in educational and co-curricular offerings. We do this by facilitating the Accommodation Process through an individualized, student-centered approach. 


Today's Challenge: Try Using a Screen Reader

Many types of screen readers exist 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 

How did your experience of each document differ? Compare that to how you experience it visually. Are they the same? 


Tips for Moving Forward

What Are Your Takeaways From Today? (Enter for $25 Gift Card Drawing)

Visit the Padlet link below to add your takeaway from today (what you learned, new ideas) and to read what your colleagues posted.

View GAAD Takeaways Padlet

Thank you to the LWTech Foundation for their support of the 2022 Global Accessibility Awareness Days week.

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

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

  • Learn Live: Micro-Sampler Trainings
  • Learn at your own pace: SBCTC's MicroCourses
  • Today's challenge: Try using an accessibility checker
  • Tips for moving forward
  • Share your takeaways (enter prize drawing)

Learn Live: Micro-Sampler Training You Can Join 

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

Join Zoom Meeting

Learn at Your Own Pace

SBCTC offers a library of accessibility resources. You can peruse these at your leisure, or sign up for a SBCTC micro-course so it shows as a course when you login to Canvas. Each self-paced course is approximately 3 hours in length and focuses on skills and/or content creation programs. 

Micro-Course offerings include:


Today's Challenge: Try Using an Accessibility Checker

Tips for Moving Forward

What Are Your Takeaways From Today? (Enter for $25 Gift Card Drawing)

Visit the Padlet link below to add your takeaway from today (what you learned, new ideas) and to read what your colleagues posted.

View GAAD Takeaways Padlet

Thank you to the LWTech Foundation for their support of the 2022 Global Accessibility Awareness Days week.

Today's Theme: Introduction to Digital Accessibility

Today's events are asynchronous:

  • Watch: Welcome message
  • Learn: Introduction to digital accessibility
  • Today's challenge: Empathize
  • Tips for moving forward
  • Share your 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 documents or PDFs, or any other software or web-created content.  

What is digital accessibility?

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.  

As employees of a higher education institution, we are required by law to create accessible digital content to create equitable experiences.

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.

Today's Challenges: 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.


Tips for Moving Forward: It's a Journey, Not a Destination 

What Are Your Takeaways From Today? (Enter for $25 Gift Card Drawing)

Visit the Padlet link below to add your takeaway from today (what you learned, new ideas) and to read what your colleagues posted.

View GAAD Takeaways Padlet

Thank you to the LWTech Foundation for their support of the 2022 Global Accessibility Awareness Days week.

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, colleagues, and students to check out the GAAD webpages each day during the week of May 16-19.
  • 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

GAAD 2022 Logo

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.

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