Global Accessibility Awareness Day

GAAD (21st May) is an awareness day focusing on digital access and inclusion for more than one billion people with disabilities and impairments.
From the 18th May 2020, the University of Reading was holding 4 days of webinars, available for all staff to boost their understanding of digital accessibility.

What was available?

  • Web Accessibility Regulations
  • Intro to Assistive Technology
  • Intro to Web Accessibility testing
  • Inclusive Design

What could you expect on each of the webinars?

Inclusive Design

Find out how you can use accessibility tools in Microsoft Word & PowerPoint and the principles of inclusive design. You had also the opportunity to explore the Blackboard Ally tool which provides alternative formats of documents for students.


Web Accessibility Regulations

The EU Accessibility Directive became part of UK law in 2018 and has created a new set of digital accessibility requirements for public sector organisations, including universities and other HE providers. These apply to websites, apps and all aspects of the digital experience for students and other service users, such as Virtual Learning Environments.

What could you learn:

  • What is Digital Accessibility
  • What are the regulations
  • Timelines for the regulations
  • What is UoR doing to comply with the regulations
  • How can you help to improve the digital accessibility at UoR


Introduction to Assistive Technology

In this session, participants learnt how to use the built-in accessibility technology in their mobile devices, such as screen readers, as well as introduction and examples of available screen readers for Windows and Mac OS devices.

What could you learn:

  • What is Assistive technology
  • Who uses assistive technology
  • What is a screen reader


Introduction to Web Accessibility Testing

In this course, we introduced free web accessibility tools and basic manual tests. No previous accessibility and technical knowledge were required for this webinar.

What you will learn:

  • Undertake simple accessibility checks and understand the limitations of basic checks
  • Select and use appropriate accessibility checkers to support your testing
  • Identify accessibility issues and understand some approaches to prioritising issues