May 08, 2019
Introduction to Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)
May 16, 2019
This one blog post gained the attention of other professionals in the field of web development, and has grown into a global effort to bring awareness to digital access and inclusion for people with differing abilities.
But what is accessibility? Webster's Dictionary defines accessibility in five ways:
- capable of being reached
- used or seen
- understood or appreciated
- influenced, and
- easily used or accessed by people with disabilities.
In 2010, the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, helped define what the term accessibility means in our K-12 educational setting with regards to emerging technologies and web content. The definition is explained in the following quote from the AEM Center's website.
"According to the DCL, students with disabilities must be able to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services as students without disabilities with substantially equivalent ease of use."
Global Accessibility Awareness Day is May 16. To celebrate this day of awareness, our Grant Wood AEA The Linker blog will host a series of posts highlighting some of the opportunities to consider accessibility for our students and families. As educators, we are constantly sharing information digitally, whether its a document on Google, a slide deck on Office365, or a YouTube video on a classroom website. There is an opportunity to consider designing communications and information with accessibility in mind.