Skip to content Where Legends Are Made
Add to calendar

Thursday, May 19th marks the 11th annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day. GAAD’s purpose is “to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) access/inclusion, and the more than One Billion people with disabilities/impairments.” As part of our campus-wide commitment to inclusive education, and in celebration of GAAD, we’ll be sharing accessibility resources and offering live, online opportunities to learn about accessibility throughout the day.


Global Accessibility Awareness Day and Fix Your Content Day at The University of Alabama – May 19, 2022


All day – Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, where we’ll share accessibility resources and opportunities to learn about accessibility throughout the day. 


All day –Join the Blackboard Ally “Fix your Content Day Challenge” and fix as many issues in course files as you can.


All day – Participate in some of the hundreds of virtual events the community has created to celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day. 


8:00 – 8:50 CDT: How People with Disabilities Access Digital Content 

Kick off Global Accessibility Awareness Day and gain a fuller appreciation of technology accessibility with this fast-paced overview of some of the technologies and methods people with disabilities use to access websites, documents, audio, video, and other digital content. Join us via Zoom


9:00 – 9:50 CDT: Designing for Accessibility 

Learn the importance of designing for accessibility and impactful practices you can apply to create accessible documents, images, audio, video, and web content. Join us via Zoom


10:00 – 10:50 CDT: Creating Accessible Course Content 

Accessible course content makes it easier for everyone to read and access your materials and can help improve overall quality and usability. Explore steps you can take to ensure your online course materials are accessible to students of all abilities and get an introduction to Blackboard Ally, a tool that helps make digital course content more accessible by automatically providing alternative formats and providing instructor guidance and feedback on accessibility issues. This session is a great start for those participating in Fix Your Content Day. Join us via Zoom


11:00 – 11:50 CDT: Fix Your Content – Keep it Simple

Some accessibility issues are easier to fix than others. This session will demonstrate fixes for simpler issues you might start with when fixing accessibility issues with your course content: adding alt text to images directly through Blackboard Ally, fixing heading issues in Word documents, and replacing scanned PDFs with OCRed PDFs from Ally’s alternative formats. Join us via Zoom


2:00 – 4:00 CDT: Fixathon 

During this come-and-go web conference, we’ll work on accessibility issues with course files as a group and have fun making our campus more inclusive for everyone. Registration is required. 


4:15 – 4:45 CDT: GAAD/FYCD Reflection and Conclusion 

We’ll end the day by sharing our takeaways and reflecting on how we can make our campus more accessible and inclusive. Join us via Zoom

Event Details

  • Adam Warnock
  • Denise Kloster
  • Logan Blevins

3 people are interested in this event