Logo of several interlocking gears with symbols for tech companies like Google, Facebook, Apple, wheelchair, Closed Caption, etc. The words "Cal Poly celebrates Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) adorn the top of the image, while the motto "Make accessibility a forethought...not an afterthought" adorn the bottom.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) 2018 is May 17th!

In celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) 2018, Cal Poly is hosting a mini two-day conference on May 17th and 18th. All events are free and open to the public. Details of the conference are as follows:

Day 1 - Thurs, May 17th

  • Noon - 1 pm: Keynote Address by Derek Featherstone

    • Location: Spanos Theatre, Cal Poly campus
    • Derek Featherstone, an internationally known speaker and authority on accessibility and inclusive digital design, will present a talk titled “Inclusive by Design.” Featherstone will explain how intentionally engaging and inviting people of all abilities into the design process makes the digital world easier to use for everyone while making it accessible to people with disabilities. He will offer techniques and strategies that can be immediately put into practice to make design more accessible to all.

    • Download the Keynote Address flyer [PDF]

Day 2 - Fri, May 18th

  • 11:00 - 11:45 am: "Approaching Web Accessibility with a Beginner’s Mind” – Jeff Van Kleeck, Academic Affairs

    • Location: Kennedy Library, Room 511
  • Noon - 1 pm: “Assistive Technology Student Panel & Demo: Tools for Doing Everyday Activities in Diverse Ways” – Facilitated by John Lee, DRC

    • Location: Kennedy Library, Room 511
  • 1:15 - 2:00 pm: “5 Habits for Creating Accessible Word Documents” – Pam Dougherty, CTLT

    • Location: Kennedy Library, Room 511
  • Light refreshments will be available.
  • Download the GAAD workshops flyer [PDF]

For more info and to request accommodations, contact: John Lee, Cal Poly, Disability Resource Center, (805) 756-5972, jlee245@calpoly.edu.

To learn about past GAAD celebrations at Cal Poly, please visit Prior Accessibility Events

President Armstrong's Message about Accessibility

Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong recorded this short video message for Cal Poly's first-ever celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), which was held on Thursday, May 19th, 2016. The video includes English subtitles:

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