Do you know that today is Global Accessibility Awareness day, an annual event which began in 2015. It promotes and highlights IT accessibility for disabled users. Digital accessibility is about ensuring websites, applications, learning resources, social media postings and other digital products are accessible to disabled users. Accessible sites and content typically provide a better user experience and in general improve the experience our students and staff have with our services.
As Global Accessibility Awareness day approached, we sent around a curated list of resources which provided ideas on how people across ISG and the University in general could get involved. This blog post is to provide a permanent home for that list of resources.
- Try navigating around a site using your keyboard only or download NVDA (a free screen reader) and have a go at using a site with a screen reader – NVDA screen reader download
- Look at the Accessibility playlist we’ve created on Media Hopper Create
- Check out the Creating Accessible Materials Website including our new guidance on accessibility in social media
- Get advice on creating accessible learning materials on the Learning Technology and Accessibility website
- Use Ally to make the content you share with students via Learn more accessible
- Look at our curated LinkedIn Learning Collection of courses on the topic of accessibility
- Make sure you know how to make your PowerPoint presentations accessible
- If you write for the web or social media, complete the ‘Effective Digital Content: Engaging your online audiences’ training which covers how to write well for the web but includes lots of tips about making your content accessible.
- Sign up for training on accessibility testing (email Viki.Galt@ed.ac.uk) and subtitling (Subtitling Staff Booking Link | Subtitling Student Booking Link)