Global Accessibility Awareness Day
Join us online on May 16 to discuss trending topics on
accessibility in education.
A day to think, talk and learn about inclusive education and digital access.
Global Accessibility Awareness Day started in 2012 with the purpose to get everyone thinking, sharing best practices and learning about digital access and people with different disabilities.
Blackboard is fully committed to delivering product experiences that conform to the highest levels of global accessibility standards. We know that a mature digital accessibility program must establish a sustainable organizational culture around accessibility.
On Global Accessibility Awareness Day we host a "follow-the-sun" series of webinars about accessibility in education at all levels and all across the globe. GAAD is May 16 this year.
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About the Sessions
From Awareness to Action – Disability Inclusion in Higher Education
Matt Brett, Director, Academic Governance and Standards, Deakin University
The full participation of students with disabilities in higher education has been a policy objective of Australian higher education since the release of A Fair Chance For All in 1990. Some 30 years later students with disabilities have moved from the margins to the mainstream. This has been achieved by systemic efforts to remove barriers to participation. The long arc of history has bent towards inclusion, but full participation remains a work in progress. This webinar explores the proposition that we must move beyond awareness and move to integrate disability inclusion as a key property of higher and tertiary education systems. Exemplars of this approach will be discussed.
Atlantic Cape Community College: Journey to a more Inclusive Campus
Chad Bullock, Senior Manager, Center for Accessibility, Atlantic Cape Community College
Michelle Perkins, Director, Instructional Technology, Atlantic Cape Community College
Mike Barnes, Director, Center for Accessibility, Atlantic Cape Community College
Faced with a three-year mandate to make their campus fully accessible, Atlantic Cape needed an immediate plan of action and an overhaul of many of their processes for supporting students with disabilities. In this session the team will describe their journey from 2015 to today and discuss how they embraced the decree as a “good thing” that provided them with a blueprint and motivation to take actionable steps to improving the quality of the education experience for all their students, not just those with disabilities.
How The University of Toledo is developing a digital accessibility culture
Melissa M. Gleckler, M.L.S. Educational Technologist, Adjunct Instructor, Department of Communication, Vice-chair, UT Professional Staff Council, The University of Toledo
The University of Toledo is focused on developing the digital accessibility of their online program and all digital materials used in in-person classes. In this session they’ll discuss the challenges they have identified in this process and how the team has tackled those challenges. They’ll also describe their launch of Blackboard Ally as a part of the focus on a more accessible program over all.
The target audience of GAAD is the design, development, usability, and related communities who build, shape, fund and influence technology and its use. While people may be interested in the topic of making technology accessible and usable by persons with disabilities, the reality is that they often do not know how or where to start. Awareness comes first.”