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Global Accessibility Awareness Day at Leeds

Global Accessibility Awareness Day, 18 May 2023

What's Global Accessibility Awareness Day?

'Accessible online and digital resources starts with design'

'PDFs and accessibility: I learnt the hard way, so you don’t have to!'

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Why do I need to do this?

Digital accessibility is a legal requirement for the University, and inclusivity is one of our core values.

Although you may be new to digital accessibility, the regulations have been in place since 2018. In general, any documents published after 23 September 2018 should have met accessibility standards, as should all web pages since September 2020.

Following digital accessibility standards gives people with disabilities an equal experience and quite often helps everyone. When we don't do this, we inhibit the learning of thousands of students and make it harder for colleagues to teach, research, and provide services.

Hear how poor digital accessibility affects people across the University community.

When should I do this?

A batch of University events and resources will be available during the week of Global Accessibility Awareness Day on 16 May. It would be great if you could make improvements during or before this week. But if you miss it, you're more than welcome to make fixes on a day that suits you.

How can I make improvements?

For the best route to getting started, select one of our pathways: 'I'm responsible for learning materials' or 'I'm responsible for website content or digital documents'.

Our digital accessibility checklists cover making improvements to web pages, Word documents, PDFs, PowerPoint files and videos.

For Ally-specific advice, start with the Ally Help for Instructors.

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