Technology has the amazing potential to provide information and opportunity to UW–Madison students, faculty, staff and the community. When technology is accessible, it extends that information and opportunity to as many individuals as possible, making our UW–Madison community stronger, more diverse, and more inclusive.
On Thursday, May 20, celebrate and promote diversity and inclusion in technology by participating in the 10th annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of GAAD is “to get everyone talking, thinking, and learning about digital access and inclusion, and the more than one billion people with disabilities.”
Experts from around the world are holding free, virtual workshops, panels and other events providing information about digital accessibility, current trends, and best practices at all levels.
GAAD events extend beyond just the actual date and have already begun. Some programming highlights include:
- Digital Accessibility Fundamentals Bootcamp
- Race and Disability: A Discussion about Stigma, Culture and Resources
- The Impact of Digital Accessibility on People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
Accessibility makes our digital campus more inclusive—from websites to applications to electronic documents—by giving people with disabilities the same opportunity to participate, connect, and access information as people without disabilities.
If you have questions about digital accessibility at UW–Madison or are seeking resources for how to make your digital resources and technology more accessible, visit the Make It Accessible guides, or contact the Center for User Experience.
What: Global Accessibility Awareness Day—free professional development and learning sessions
When: Thursday, May 20
—Jess Jones, Interim Director, Center for User Experience