Global Accessibility Awareness Day at UC Davis

May 19th, 2016

When you teach, program a website, or make a document, who you are reaching and who is left behind? 

More than 20% of UC Davis students, faculty, and staff have a disability that impacts how they learn or interact with technology (based on data from the CDC in 2012). If our courses, websites, and materials are not accessible, these members of the UC Davis community are left behind.

The UC Davis Electronic Accessibility Committee invites the campus community to attend Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 19th to build your awareness and knowledge of digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) accessibility and users with different disabilities. The University of California is committed to providing electronic materials that are accessible to everyone (learn more about the UC electronic accessibility policy). If you work with students or instructors, maintain a website, or distribute materials, please join us to learn more about electronic accessibility and what you can do to reach everyone. 

Refreshments will be provided.

If you need accommodations in order to fully participate in this event, please email the GAAD event planning committee at

Accessibility Resources for Everyone

10:00 – 11:00 am

Student Community Center, Multipurpose Room

Learn steps we can all take to make electronic information and instruction accessible to everyone. For example, learn how a low-vision person’s screen reader accesses websites, how instructors can incorporate more inclusive principles in their teaching, the many benefits of captioning beyond accessibility, steps we can all take to create Word and PDF docs that can be read by accessible software, and the tools that are available free of charge to scan and fix websites.

Audience: Faculty, staff, and students – anyone who creates documents, flyers, or web content

Drop-in accessibility lab

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Student Community Center, Multipurpose Room

Stop by to get one-on-one help with creating accessible documents, learning about captioning, or creating accessible websites.

Audience: Faculty, staff, and students – anyone who creates documents, flyers, or web content


Workshop for instructors:

Universal Design for Learning: Reaching Learners with Diverse Needs by Creating Flexible Courses, Activities, and Assessments

9:00 am – 10:00 am, repeated from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Student Community Center, Meeting Room E

This workshop will introduce instructors to strategies for creating courses, activities, and assessments that give all students an opportunity to learn, including students with disabilities and different learning needs. Instructors will learn the principles of Universal Design for Learning and get ideas for how to implement them in their teaching. Faculty and TAs are invited to attend. Space is limited. Please register here to reserve a spot.

Audience: Faculty and graduate student instructors (TAs and AIs)


Disability Studies Roundtable:

The Future of Critical Disability Studies and Disability Access at UC Davis

12:10 – 1:40 pm

Student Community Center, Multipurpose Room

Join us for a round table discussion of the future of disability studies - and its relationship to disability access - at UC Davis. Our panel of esteemed scholars will discuss questions including: What is disability studies, and how is it related to disability activism? How does disability intersect with race, gender, sexuality, and immigration? What are emerging directions of study in the field? How does disability access in higher ed affect the study of disability and vice-versa? Speakers include Susan Schweik (English, UC Berkeley), Douglas Baynton (History, University of Iowa), Alison Kafer (Feminist Studies, Southwestern University), Adria Imada (History, UC Irvine), Molly McGarry (History, UC Riverside); facilitated by Ryan Lee Cartwright (American Studies, UC Davis.

Audience: Students (undergraduate and graduate) and faculty

This session is sponsored by Office of the Dean of HArCS, Department of American Studies, UC Humanities Research Institute, and UCOP Multi-campus Research Programs and Initiative Funding.


Workshop for programmers:

Accessibility Resources for Developers and Programmers

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Student Community Center, Multipurpose Room

This workshop will provide training and resources for web content developers and programmers to learn about web accessibility issues. The workshop will provide a forum for Google Accessibility training and training on web accessibility issues such as accessible forms and JAVA script. The workshop will also include a session on how blind or low vision users experience websites and information about how to create code to enhance the user’s experience. Participants will leave with tips, tricks, and tools for web accessibility. Bring your laptop to test the accessibility of your web apps, surveys, and pages!

Audience: Developers, programmers, computer science students, and anyone with web-content responsibilities

This event is sponsored by the UC Davis Office of Campus Community Relations, the Electronic Accessibility Committee, the Center for Educational Effectiveness, Human Resources, Student Disability Center and Academic Technology Services.