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Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2021

Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2021

On Thursday 20th May, we celebrated the tenth annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD).  The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access/inclusion and people with different disabilities.

We took the opportunity to highlight a number of resources and links, that illustrate good practice for accessibility.  Although they may not all have a Medicine focus, there are some helpful general tips for removing unnecessary barriers and unlocking the possible for everyone. 

Did you know that more than two million people in the UK live with a visual impairment? 4.5% of the British population has colour vision deficiency (colour blindness). Find out how to use Colours Accessibly https://elearn.southampton.ac.uk/accessibility/colours/

It is estimated that there are about 9 million people in the UK who are Deaf or hard of hearing. Accurately captioning content is an inclusive step, which can have a dramatic impact on learning. https://elearn.southampton.ac.uk/accessibility/captions/

A great piece for the Covid era and beyond: ‘How to make your online and blended classes more accessible’. https://uxdesign.cc/how-to-make-your-online-and-blended-class-more-accessible-a08bcc5d3e34

A huge number of disabilities are invisible. When you create accessible content, you empower people whether in person or in a virtual environment. Here are 10 habits you can build in order to create accessible content: https://blogs.microsoft.com/accessibility/10-habits-to-create-accessible-content/?ocid=AID3019761_LINKEDIN_oo_spl100001899471770

‘Why should we care about Digital Accessibility?’ a short video presentation from Senior Learning Designer and Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Specialist Matthew Deeprose: https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/ae24ab7b-32ac-489c-bf51-5c937cd60f06

Coming to the University of Southampton this summer, Blackboard Ally. Accessible content is better content! Find out more here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmUTPI4sujo and here https://youtu.be/CnuM8NFvu_M