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Discuss. Learn. Share. #GAAD

The reality of digital accessibility is that most people support the idea of it, but many may not know how, or where, to start. Awareness is the first step.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) launched in 2012 with a goal of building that awareness by getting people talking, thinking, and learning about digital accessibility. May 20th will mark the 10th annual celebration of GAAD, which continues to inspire a growing list of awareness and educational activities around the world.

To celebrate GAAD this year, we’ve pulled together a collection of digital accessibility and inclusion events and resources to help you expand your knowledge and skills.

Fostering an Enterprise-wide Culture of Inclusion

with University of Cincinnati

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Struggling to expand your Accessibility program? Learn how University of Cincinnati (UC) grew from enforcing compliance to fostering a culture of inclusion where accessibility standards are shared and supported across the organization. Host Derek Featherstone and several members of UC’s accessibility team discuss tips on growing organizational adoption, sustaining awareness, scaling and monitoring activity, and much more. Enjoy a sneak peek at the learnings and best practices that scaled UC’s accessibility program into a sustainable, enterprise-wide responsibility supporting the digital needs of people with disabilities.

Why Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) … and Why Now?

with Huntington Bank

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Discover what diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) can mean to your business, brand, and bottom line. Join Huntington National Bank Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer, Donald Dennis, and Level Access CEO, Timothy Springer, for a candid conversation on the changing state of accessibility and inclusion and tips for becoming a more inclusive organization. Learn how Huntington Bank grew from accessibility to inclusion to making both an executive leadership priority.

A Starting Guide To Disability Awareness & Etiquette

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We all find ourselves in situations from time to time when we don’t know what to say or do, and sometimes those situations involve interacting with a person with a disability. When is it okay to offer assistance? Are there certain words or phrases you should avoid using? How can you ask questions without sounding offensive? In this session you’ll learn about types of disabilities and the unique barriers people face, common courtesies and etiquette for specific situations, and get a better understanding of how to appropriately and effectively engage with your colleagues, customers, and others in the community with disabilities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Increasing Inclusion

How do I make my organization more inclusive?

Many people with disabilities want to work and have valuable skills they bring to the table. Diversity of people leads to diversity of thought, which results in better and stronger organizations!

What can you do?

  • Take an honest look at your current level of diversity.
  • Review your organization’s policies.
  • Start an Employee Resource Group (ERG) for people with disabilities.
  • Educate your current team members about diversity & inclusion.
  • Connect with disability leaders and advocates in your area.

How can I help coworkers with disabilities?

Here are 5 quick tips for being the best coworker for a person with a disability:

  • Treat them like everyone else.  A coworker with a disability is just like any other coworker. Walk right up and say hello, introduce yourself, chat about the weather or the local sports teams.
  • Ask them how they prefer to communicate. While your team may use Slack or Teams to send quick messages to one another, your new coworker may find it easier to get these messages via email. Make a note for yourself so you don’t forget.
  • Be sure your documents are accessible. All Microsoft programs have an Accessibility Checker feature you can run to ensure you’ve reached a minimum level of accessibility.
  • Do not help without asking first. Unless your coworker is in immediate physical danger, always ask before lending a hand. The answer may be, “No thanks, I’ve got it!” Even if it takes them longer to do a task than it would for you, if they want to do it independently, let them.
  • Memes and GIFs need alt text. If you’re playing with GIPHY in Slack, you can reply to the GIF and write alternative text so coworkers with visual disabilities are in on the LOL or #fail moment.
Frequently Asked Questions

Digital Accessibility

How do people with disabilities use technology?

You may have never seen a blind person use a computer, and that’s okay! We’re answering all your awkward questions so you can feel confident hiring people with disabilities.

To bridge the gap between their abilities and the tasks they need to do for work, people with disabilities use assistive technology.

Assistive technology includes: