Global Accessibility Awareness Day May 18, 2017 Chancellor Paterson Library 11:00am until 2:00pm

Global Accessibility Awareness Day   

May 18, 2017

On May 18th, 2017 Student Accessibility Services,  the Chancellor Paterson Library, the Teaching Commons, Web Development  along with students, staff and faculty celebrated Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) here at Lakehead University. Global Accessibility Awareness Day is a global event that was established to get us talking, thinking and learning about digital accessibility for users with different disabilities.

Leading up to Global Accessibility Awareness Day, various challenges were announced to the Lakehead University Community to help everyone experience the impact of digital accessibility.

Special thank you to Campus Tech, Lakehead University Bookstore, and The Study for their generous donations and continued support with Global Accessibility Awareness Day.

For more information please contact Nancy Cahill in the office of Student Accessibility Services. Call ( 807) 343-8087 or email: atech-sas@lakeheadu.ca.

 

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Challenge 1

You’ll never be bored using your keyboard! Try going mouse-less for 15 minutes using these Keyboard Shortcuts. Keyboard Shortcuts

People with mobility difficulties, who are blind or have low vision may rely on the keyboard instead of the mouse to navigate web pages. We challenge you to work without your computer mouse for fifteen minutes.

Let us know what you thought! Answer this simple question.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Challenge 2

Did you get the message?

Some individuals are unable to access audio content that is presented within multimedia. Captions allow the content of web audio and video to be accessible for people who are deaf or hard of hearing by translating audio into text captions that are displayed on the screen. Although captioning is primarily intended for those who cannot hear the audio, it has also been found to help those that can hear audio content, but are new language learners or have different learning styles.

We challenge you to watch the following videos without sound (on mute)

Were you able to access the content? Did you get the message?

Video without Closed Captions

Video with Closed Captions

Let us know what you thought! Answer this simple question.

For more information please contact Nancy Cahill in the office of Student Accessibility Services. Call (807) 343-8087 or email: atech-sas@lakeheadu.ca.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Challenge 3

Listen, learn and discover the accessibility features of Lakehead’s online learning platform - mycourselink!

 mycourselink now features ReadSpeaker a text-to-speech technology! All HTML course content is automatically speech-enabled with ReadSpeaker.  PDF, PPT, and Word documents can be read with the built-in docReader feature.

You have to hear it to believe it! Check out this  ReadSpeaker in BrightSpace for Students video!

Now it’s your turn!

1.    Log into mycourselink using your Lakehead username and password.

2.    Under Announcements click on “Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2017 Challenge # 3”

Let us know what you thought! Answer this simple question.

For more information please contact Nancy Cahill in the office of Student Accessibility Services. Call (807) 343-8087 or email: atech-sas@lakeheadu.ca.