Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)
The purpose of Global Accessibility Awareness Day 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, web pages, videos, and IT purchases consider accessibility so that all individuals can achieve equal access to information. GAAD is held annually on the third Thursday in May. This year, GAAD is on May 20th.
Here are some things you can do to help contribute to a more accessibility-conscious CSUSB:
- Use easy-to-read fonts, font sizes, and font colors
- Check for good color contrast
- Use the built-in accessibility checkers in software and web applications used for content creation
- Use headings in documents
- Add alternative text to images that enhance content
- When sending emails, add information in plain text below informational images/flyers
- Caption your videos, or send them to ATS for captioning
- Create a transcript for audio content such as podcasts
- Verify web content using the WAVE toolbar
- Use link text that is meaningful and gives an idea of where the link leads.
- When purchasing ICT, check for the vendor's accessibility statement and/or documentation
Accessible Documents Training Course
The Chancellor’s Office is sponsoring a self-paced accessible document training course that is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Any CSU faculty or staff who create digital documents using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, or Adobe Acrobat is invited to participate.
The course has four self-paced modules, each taking about two to four hours complete. Enrollees will have about 60 business days in which to complete the course.
*Sessions begin on the first Monday of every month of the 2021-2022 academic year.
The CSU has contracted with WebAIM, and the course will be presented from their Canvas server at Utah State University. WebAIM expert facilitators will be available to enrollees during virtual office hours for help with help remediating documents.
Faculty & Staff: Become an Accessibility Ally
Register for an upcoming Accessibility Ally workshop by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 requesters
- Accessibility tools and resources