According to the World Health Organization, over a billion people (about 15% of the world’s population) have some form of disability, and the rates of disability are increasing due to population aging and increases in chronic health conditions (WHO, 2018). Thursday, May 18, 2023, marks the 12th anniversary of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). GAAD was originally inspired by a blog post written by a web developer named Joe Devon back in 2011, where he encouraged developers to come together and work to bridge the accessibility gap by raising awareness and global standards. 

Celebrate GAAD with us this year by following @gbla11yday on Twitter and tweet using the #GAAD hashtag. Don’t forget to check out the GAAD Facebook page too! A full list of events and activities can be found at

There are many different ways that you can get involved and learn more about GAAD, including attending a virtual event, spreading awareness, contributing directly to a digital accessibility effort (such as captioning a video), and by checking out the compiled OLC resources below. 

Online Workshops

Take your awareness of digital accessibility a step further by completing the OLC Accessibility Badge, or join OLC for an upcoming accessibility workshop this summer:

New for 2023!

On-Demand Webinars

Blog Posts

Faculty Playbooks

  • Optimizing High-Quality Digital Learning Experiences – High-quality digital learning experiences are built on the foundational principles of providing equitable, inclusive, accessible learning environments for all students. Building on these principles and the urgency to provide improved and equitable digital learning, the focus of this playbook is to help faculty strategically embed technologies with learning outcomes to amplify the effectiveness of student learning experiences, especially for minoritized students.
  • Caring for Students Playbook – This playbook has been designed to provide instructors with examples to support putting student care into action. While the impetus for this playbook was the COVID-19 pandemic, the information and resources provided represent high standards of student support regardless of the environment. Each of these Six Recommendations for Caring for Students provides practical recommendations, concrete strategies, and resources to support instructors in operationalizing equity-focused, inclusive teaching strategies that put student care into practice by acknowledging student challenges while identifying student assets.