Guide to Global Accessibility Awareness Day
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.
- Introduction to Web Accessibility, W3C WAI
- Cognitive Disabilities and the Web, Where Accessibility and Usability Meet?, The National Center on Disability and Access to Education
- Visual Disabilities, WebAIM
- Auditory Disabilities, WebAIM
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:
- Through Your Child’s Eyes, Understood
- Web Accessibility Perspectives Videos: Explore the Impact and Benefits for Everyone, W3C WAI
Guidelines that Support Accessibility
These guidelines can help create accessible content and keep web accessibility in mind.
- Quick Reference Web Accessibility Principles, WebAIM
- Section 508 Checklist, WebAIM
- WebAIM’s WCAG 2 Checklist, WebAIM
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, W3C
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
- Digital and Non-Digital Learning Best Practices Course, SDCOE
- Designing for and Fostering Accessibility Course, SDCOE
- Understanding Disabilities course, SDCOE
- Celebrating GAAD: Accessibility Resources for Educational Communities, Office of Educational Technology
- Contrast Checker, WebAIM
- Guidelines for Creating Accessible Content Course, SDCOE
Software Specific Resources
- Create and Verify PDF Accessibility, Adobe
- Accessible Technology and Tools, Microsoft
- Make Your PowerPoint Presentations Accessible to People with Disabilities, Microsoft
- Make Your Word Document Accessible to People with Disabilities, Microsoft
- Make Your Document or Presentation More Accessible, Google Docs Editors Help
- Google Workspace for Diverse Learners, Google for Education
- AT Resource FlipKit, Open Access; North Inland SELPA
- DCMP Media Center, Described and Captioned Media Program
- How to Add Remote ASL Interpreters on Zoom Conference Meetings, Languagers
- Simultaneous Interpretation for Google Meet, web extension from Chrome Web Store
- Use Sign Language View in Microsoft Teams, Microsoft
Books for Students
The following books and book collections highlight the disability experience and the importance of understanding and celebrating differences.
- 15 Books to Celebrate Disability Pride, The New York Public Library
- A Day with No Words by Tiffany Hammond (ages 4-8)
- All the Way to the Top by Annette Bay Pimentel and illustrated by Nabi Ali (ages 4-8)
- It’s OK to be Different: A Children’s Picture Book About Diversity and Kindness (ages 2-6)
- Schneider Family Book Award, American Library Association
- Select Bibliography of Children’s Books about the Disability Experience, American Library Association
- The Abilities in Me Foundation book series (18 books) by Gemma Keir and illustrated by Yevheniia Lisova
- When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed and illustrated by Victoria Jamieson and Iman Geddy (ages 9+)
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.
More to explore
The San Diego County Board of Education is accepting online applications for student board members now through Feb. 1 on the SDCOE student board member webpage.
Alicia McBride, an SDCOE teacher in the Juvenile Court and Community Schools East Region, was recently honored by the San Diego County Credit Union as part of its Classroom Heroes program.
The Juvenile Court and Community Schools student representative on the San Diego County Board of Education for November was M’Niya, a senior at San Pasqual Academy.
The Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission selected Mara Madrigal-Weiss, executive director of student wellness and school culture for the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE), as its chair for the third consecutive year.
The San Diego County Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution endorsing November 2023 as National Native American Heritage Month.
There are many local scholarship and contest opportunities available for students in San Diego County. Check this page often for updates.