Man interacting with computer using assistive technology
Man interacting with computer using assistive technology
Hands typing on Braille keyboard
Eye tracking system
Eye tracking system

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 21, 2020, marks the ninth 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. 

OLC Resources

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:

Web Accesibility and ComplianceDesigning for Web AccessibilityStrategic Planning for Web AccessibilityLEARNER USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN

On-Demand Webinars

Virtual Conference Events

  • OLC Ideate (Recordings now available) – The Day 6 theme focused on Inclusive Learning and provided participants with information on how to be inclusive with their online learning strategies, including topics on equity, accessibility, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL).
  • OLC Innovate (June 15-26, 2020) – Featuring 10 sessions focused around the topics of accessibility and Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

White Paper

  • Access and Accessibility in Online Learning: Issues in Higher Education and K-12 Contexts – Accessibility in K-12 and higher education is becoming an increasingly complex terrain to traverse as schools increase online materials and instructional delivery options. This white paper provides an overview of critical terms, legal precedents, and other considerations for course designers, instructors, and administrators as they work to improve the educational experiences of learners with disabilities. (McAlvage & Rice, 2018)