In keeping with Wayne State University’s commitment to inclusivity and access, the university will commemorate Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on Thursday, May 19. GAAD was developed to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion for people with different disabilities.
“The goal is to provide an accessible, usable and welcoming environment for everyone. Especially recently, we’ve all had the opportunity to intentionally think about how we connect with each other,” said Krystal Tosch, Web Accessibility Coordinator. “One of Wayne State’s greatest strengths is its diversity, and we strive to provide services, facilities and programs that promote equality and inclusion. Every user deserves the best experience.
Accessibility touches every aspect of the University community and includes electronic and information technologies, learning materials, collaborative experiences and interactions, and the physical environment. Wayne State’s accessibility efforts are carried out through collaboration between the Web Department of Marketing and Communications, Office of Teaching and Learning, Office of Equal Opportunity, Services for Students with Disabilities and facility planning and management, among others.
“Our campus works together to create a culture of accessibility, and in that spirit of collaboration, we incorporate these important considerations and adjustments into our natural processes,” Tosch said.
Faculty and staff are invited to participate in events throughout the week in compliance with GAAD:
Drop-in: Accessibility to teaching and learning
Join this informal session to ask questions about accessibility in course materials and design, and connect with colleagues to share ideas and success stories. Walk-ins are welcome virtually from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, May 16. Register for this session on Academica.
Drop-in: Website accessibility
Join this informal session to ask questions about web and document accessibility and to connect with your colleagues. Registrations are welcome virtually from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, May 18. Register for this session on Academica.
Training: Creating Accessible Canvas Courses
This training session is ideal for anyone creating or updating content in Canvas, and it will provide the best principles and tips for easily checking accessibility. Participants will leave the session with the ability to rate the accessibility of their course using checkers built into Canvas. The training will be hosted virtually from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 19. Register for this session on Academica.
Accessibility training is available on Canvas for all faculty and staff. The self-paced sessions – complete with practical components – include information related to web accessibility. Faculty and staff can register for this training.
To learn more about accessibility at Wayne State University, visit wayne.edu/accessibility.