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Guide to Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Guide to Global Accessibility Awareness Day
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The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) recognizes the importance of web accessibility and inclusion – every person, regardless of their ability or device, deserves to experience web-based services and content with the same success as those without disabilities. Global Accessibility Awareness Day is on May 18 and it began in 2011 to raise awareness about digital access and inclusion for people with disabilities. 

About Web Accessibility

Web accessibility occurs when technology, websites, and tools are created so people with disabilities can understand, perceive, maneuver, and contribute to the web. Web accessibility benefits people with auditory, cognitive, neurological, physical, speech, and visual disabilities. It also benefits people without disabilities, including those on mobile phones, the elderly, individuals with slow Internet, those with circumstantial limitations, and individuals with temporary disabilities.

Centering Student Voices and User Stories

SDCOE seeks to elevate students’ voices and engage with their experiences in school through listening. This section provides videos about the importance of inclusion, understanding, and accessibility for students and adults with disabilities, learning differences, and impairments. 

Watch the SDCOE video panel featuring students with learning differences talking about their experience in school.

Additional video resources include:

Guidelines that Support Accessibility

These guidelines can help create accessible content and keep web accessibility in mind.

Creating Accessible Materials in the Classroom

These resources offer a variety of assistive technology tools that can be used to support accessibility and create a more accessible digital experience. Dive into these links to learn how to create accessible materials.

Designing Accessible Learning

General Resources

Software Specific Resources

Classroom Resources

Books for Students

The following books and book collections highlight the disability experience and the importance of understanding and celebrating differences.

Universal Design for Learning

Universal design for learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people, and aims to change the design of the environment rather than to change the learner. When environments are intentionally designed to reduce barriers, all learners can engage in rigorous, meaningful learning. 

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SDCOE has a variety of professional learning opportunities available to San Diego County educators at low or no cost this summer. Review them by topic and date and register to attend.

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LGBTQIA+ Pride Month is an opportunity to celebrate and honor youth and community members as well as foster a school climate where students, staff members, and families who identify as LGBTQIA+ can live their authentic lives and be treated with dignity and respect.

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The San Diego County Office of Education has joined Contra Costa County and Glenn County offices of education in a statewide effort that focuses on supporting students with disabilities, students with dyslexia, and students who are dually identified by providing professional learning for K-12 educators.