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May 18 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of GAAD is to raise awareness and understanding of accessibility among the design, development, usability, and related communities who build, shape, fund and influence technology and its use.

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What's Happening at Iowa

The IT Accessibility Group will host a day of accessibility-related activities in the ITS Training Room (2523 University Capitol Centre) on May 18. The schedule of events includes:

Morning Coffee: An Accessibility Q&A

Come early for a cup of coffee and an informal Q&A about accessibility at Iowa. Bring your questions about technology, policy, disability, or any accessibility-related topic. Get advice on accessibility issues from Todd and Kirk.

Creating Accessible Microsoft Word Documents
9:00 – 10:00 AM

Microsoft Word is the most widely used word-processing tool in the world. In this fast-paced, hands-on session, we will look at several tools in Microsoft Word that you could be using to streamline your document production. At the same time, we’ll examine best practices for creating Word documents that are attractive, well-designed, and easy to update and maintain (did I mention that they are also highly accessible?).

PDF Accessibility Tools and Techniques
10:15-11:45 AM

For instructors and administrators alike, this 90-minute workshop will address the real mechanics of PDF accessibility. After an introduction to Adobe Acrobat’s accessibility tools, we will work our way through six key accessibility tasks, culminating in the step-by-step remediation of a PDF document. Along the way, we’ll see how our efforts benefit not only users of assistive technology, but our audience as a whole.

Accessibility Drop-in
12:00-12:45 PM

The IT Accessibility Group invites you to drop in over the noon hour to chat about accessibility at Iowa. Bring questions and concerns, ideas and perspectives. All are welcome, no registration necessary.

Understanding Your Website’s Accessibility
1:00-2:00 PM

As a website manager you want to ensure that your site meets accessibility standards, but you’re not quite sure where to start. Using free tools (and a no-cost University service), learn how you can examine your website for accessibility barriers. If you manage a website, you want to attend this. Bonus: you'll receive access to your website's most recent Compliance Sheriff report. It’s a great opportunity to get ahead of the Accessibility Group’s year-end campus accessibility audit (coming in June)!

Understanding Video Captions
2:30-3:30 PM

Video is everywhere online. Education, entertainment, journalism, and commerce all rely on video to get their message across. But for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, much of the message can be lost. In this session, we’ll take a real-world look at captioning concepts and practices, including captioning formats, how to create and edit captions, and how to associate captions with your University YouTube videos.

Registration is recommended for all sessions except the Accessibility Drop-in. Register for sessions here.