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Celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day May 18th

Cal Poly Welcomes Renowned Social Linguistics and Literacy Scholar in Conjunction with Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Suresh CanagarajahDrawing from disability studies, his own cancer diagnosis, and his research on the writing and communication practices of a group of international STEM scholars, Dr. Suresh Canagarajah will present "Crip Writing: Communication through a Disability and Decolonial Lens," on Thursday, May 18, 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the ATL with a reception to follow.

In his talk, Canagarajah will demonstrate the importance of centering vulnerability and relational ethics in all effective communication. This event is held in conjunction with Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 18, and is sponsored by the Office of Writing and Learning, the College of Liberal Arts, the English and Political Science Departments, and the Disability Faculty-Staff Association.

This event is accessibly designed, featuring an ASL interpreter and CART real-time captioning. Attendees may contact John Lee (jlee245@calpoly.edu) with questions about event accessibility or requests for disability-related accommodations.

For more information, visit https://writingandlearning.calpoly.edu/specialevents.

PDF of event for printing.

Cultivate Inclusion

Welcome to the Cal Poly Accessibility website, a support resource to help the University create a more inclusive experiences on Canvas sites, websites, Zoom meetings, documents, presentations, and applications by promoting accessibility.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.(2018) reports that about 1 in 4 adults in the United States have some kind of disability. It is important to know that many disabilities are not visible, and students are not required to disclose that information. According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities, only about 24% of students with Specific Learning Disabilities officially disclosed that fact when they got to college. Reasons include fear of discrimination, low self-esteem, and lack of self-advocacy skills. Staff or faculty members may also have an invisible disability.

The CSU Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) was established to help campuses implement the electronic and information technology aspects of the policy.

Cal Poly works collaboratively with the Chancellor’s Office and other CSU campuses to develop plans, identify resources, and establish standards and practices for achieving the goals of the ATI.


Department of Education Videos on Accessibility

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights announced a new video series covering a variety of topics on digital access in education, including how people with disabilities use technology, applicable Federal regulations, and identifying and remediating barriers to access.


See all the Department of Education accessibility videos


Ongoing Opportunities

The "Why" and DIY of Video Captioning

This training is part of the Disability Tapas weekly presentation series. Training time is 1 ½ hours.

If you have any questions, contact John Lee at jlee245@calpoly.edu.


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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