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The OU and Global Accessibility Awareness Day

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Edited by Kate Lister, Thursday, 5 May 2016, 15:29

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The fifth international Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) will take place on 19th May, and I'm excited to announce that this year the OU is going to get involved. We are coordinating a range of 10-minute activities and challenges in order to help get people talking, thinking and learning about digital accessibility and users with different disabilities. More details will be published on the day, but activities will include:

  • Challenge: Can you go mouse-less for 10 minutes?
  • Challenge: Can you find a specific piece of information using a screen reader and with your monitor switched off?
  • Quiz: See how much you know about accessibility/disability by completing a particularly tricky quiz we're dreaming up
  • Task: Do a Windows Accessibility Check on the last two Word documents you created and make the suggested changes to make your document more accessible.  
  • Task: Find something in your area of work that could be improved, accessibility-wise. Improve it yourself, if you can, or email the person responsible with your suggestions.

I'll publish the final list of activities and links to guidance on the day. People who take part in the activities will have their names mentioned in SeGA’s GAAD Accessibility Roll of Honour and will be entered into the draw to win one of three £10 Amazon vouchers.

Do you have any comments, questions, ideas for activities or ways you, your faculty or department can get involved? I’d love to hear them! Post them here, or (if you're OU staff) on the SeGA community forum.



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