Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2021

The tenth annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) is on Thursday, May 20, 2021!

The purpose of GAAD is to promote talking, thinking, and learning about digital access and inclusion, and the more than one billion people with disabilities or impairments.

To celebrate GAAD on campus, the Center for Digital Accessibility is encouraging members of the UChicago community to:

Ask us anything

The Center for Digital Accessibility is reserving the whole day for consultations with members of the UChicago community. Join us for a personal 20-minute session and bring your digital accessibility questions. Choose a meeting time in the linked Google sheet, and we will send you an invite.

If all the time slots are full, or don’t work for your schedule, contact the CDA team to schedule a consultation on another day.

Request access to Siteimprove

Siteimprove is the University’s enterprise tool to assist with identifying and remediating web accessibility issues discoverable via automation.

Siteimprove’s web accessibility tools enable you to easily:

  • Find and fix accessibility issues using the WCAG 2.1 AA guidelines
  • Set priorities for addressing accessibility issues
  • Schedule reports and track improvement over time
  • Help ensure conformance with UChicago’s Digital Accessibility Policy

If you are a website owner, learn more about Siteimprove and contact the CDA to initiate an onboarding conversation.

Increase your digital accessibility empathy

Navigate a website without a mouse

Many people navigate the web without using a mouse. Users with mobility impairments might be unable to operate a mouse, and people with low-vision or blindness may be unable to see clickable elements on a webpage, like links.

One of the easiest ways to start developing digital accessibility awareness is by trying to navigate a website using only the keyboard. Typically, this will involve relying on the tab key to move between clickable elements like links, the enter key to follow links or activate dropdown menus, and the ESC key to close dropdown menus or pop-ups.

Try this on a site you are unfamiliar with at first and then on your own site. Are you able to tell which elements have tab focus? Can you activate dropdown menus or other interactive elements? Can you close pop-ups or accordions? If the answer to any of these questions is “no” then the website will present barriers to users of assistive technology or keyboard-only users.

Watch a CDA training video

Learn more about digital accessibility by watching one of the following training videos created by the CDA.

Watch a Deque Bootcamp Video (CNet login required)

Watch these Deque-created videos to learn more about manually assessing websites.

GAAD logo in dark blue