Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2022

Thursday, May 19, was the 11th annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), focusing on digital equality for the one billion people in the world living with a disability. Creating an accessible digital environment supports the full participation of all members of the campus community in the academic, research, and work life of the University.

Please join the UChicago Center for Digital Accessibility in taking part in this year’s GAAD agenda of virtual sessions for the University of Chicago community.

10-10:50 a.m. Assistive Technology (AT) Demonstration

The Digital Accessible Experience (DAX) team from The Chicago Lighthouse will demonstrate AT devices and software used by people with disabilities.

Presenters: The Chicago Lighthouse DAX team

1-1:55 p.m. Lightning Talks

Meet the UChicago Center for Digital Accessibility (CDA) and Equal Opportunity Programs (EOP) teams (1-1:15 p.m.)

The UChicago CDA and EOP teams both support the University’s Digital Accessibility Policy. Learn more about the people involved and their roles in digital accessibility.

CDA participants:

  • Pat Kogos, Director, Digital Accessibility
  • Jack Auses, Accessible Web Technology Specialist
  • Emily Baker, Accessible Technology Specialist
  • Thalia Kapica, Senior Accessible Web Technology Specialist

EOP participants:

  • Scott Velasquez, Executive Director for Equal Opportunity & Access
  • Marquetta Scott, Director of Access UChicago

Digital accessibility legal landscape (1:15-1:25 p.m.)

Discussion of the legal framework underlying digital accessibility, and recent legal challenges.

Presenter: Liz Shanin, Senior Associate General Counsel

Accessibility checkers in software (1:25-1:35 p.m.)

Many software programs offer accessibility checkers, including Canvas, Word, and PowerPoint. Join us as we provide a quick guide about how to find and use them.

Presenter: Emily Baker, Accessible Technology Specialist

Website assessment methods (1:35-1:50 p.m.)

Websites must be assessed using automated and manual testing methods. Learn more about:

  • How to request access to Siteimprove for public-facing sites
  • Using browser tools for development work
  • Manual testing methods

Presenters: Jack Auses, Accessible Web Technology Specialist; Thalia Kapica, Senior Accessible Web Technology Specialist

Closing remarks (1:50-1:55 p.m.)

Pat Kogos, Director, Digital Accessibility

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