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Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)

The purpose of GAAD is to raise awareness about the importance of accessibility in digital content creation.  As students, faculty, and staff at CSUSB, each of us play an important role in ensuring that our documents, webpages, videos, and IT purchases consider accessibility so that individuals with differing abilities can achieve equal access to information.

On Thursday, May 16th, from 10 am to 2 pm, we will have four pop-up tables across campus.  We're handing out buttons and lanyards to grab your attention and direct you here, to our website, where you can learn about accessibility best practices and the importance of digital accessibility at CSUSB. You can find us at the following locations across campus:

  • Pfau Library first floor, by Starbucks
  • Santos Manuel Student Union lobby
  • College of Education lobby
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences by Einstein Bros. Bagels

What's the Meaning of Your Button?

Congratulations! You've acquired a button and found your way to our website! Check out the information below to decode your button's cryptic message, and please, stick it on a backpack or someplace people will ask you about it. When they do, you can educate them on the importance of digital accessibility!

Do You Alt-Text?

Do you Alt-Text?

Alternative text for images- that's "alt-text", plain and simple. When images are placed on a website, email, or document, they are used for either decoration or to convey a meaning which can be simple or complex (think about an image of the periodic table as complex). Alt-text is hidden text that describes the content of the image. This hidden text is read aloud to individuals accessing a webpage, email, or document using a screen reader. Alt-text is also handy when images don't load on a mobile device.

Alt-text should describe the information conveyed in an image in simple and concise language. There is more information about alt-text available under the Instructional Materials tab

Can You Read Me Now?

Can you read me now?

Color contrast is the difference between the two colors in the background and foreground. In our example button, we have used high color contrast to make our message stand out.  Color contrast is especially important for individuals with low vision or who have difficulty seeing certain colors or combinations. When using color in your digital content creation, the use of a simple tool can help you determine whether you have provided enough color contrast in your design. If you want to get technical, the WCAG standards dictate a minimum contrast ratio of 4.5:1.

I Love Captioned Videos

I love captioned videos

Videos require captions to ensure that deaf or hard of hearing, English language learners, or individuals with comprehension or processing difficulties are able to understand the video content. Captions are also great for people who are trying to watch videos in an environment where using sound is impractical. Any video placed on the web must include closed captions- captions that can be turned on by users. For videos displayed at events, open captions (captions that are always on) should be used. 

Accessibility Services can caption your videos for you, whether they will be displayed on a webpage or in course content via the Blackboard LMS. In addition, you can use YouTube to provide captions as long as you edit them manually for accuracy. Check out our short tutorial on captioning your videos with YouTube.


Accessibility "A11Y"

A11Y is an abbreviation for the word "accessibility". The 11 represents the letters in the word accessibility between the first (a) and last (y) letters. Are you an accessibility A11Y? We've included our email address so you can get in touch with us with questions or comments, or to learn more about becoming an A11Y.

Students: Interested in Joining our Inaugural Accessibility Group?

If you are passionate about inclusive access and would like to spread the word as an A11Y, sign up here! Our first-ever student accessibility advocacy group will assist with driving our outreach efforts across campus. 

Faculty & Staff: Become an Accessibility Ally, Enroll to Participate in Our Next Ally Training

Register for an upcoming Accessibility Ally workshop. Participants will learn the following: 

  • Best practices for information on the web
  • Strategies for accessible documents, video, & audio presentations
  • An overview of the CSUSB Accessible Procurement Process for purchase requestors
  • Accessibility tools and resources

Faculty and Staff registration for Accessibility Ally, upcoming workshops will be scheduled throughout the year.

Accessibility Ally Alumni

Already an Ally?  Login to the Accessibility Ally collaboration space (coming soon).