Thursday, May 21th is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The day is intended to get everyone to think, experience, and consider web accessibility for individuals with disabilities. To celebrate this year, try taking the #NoMouseChallenge. Take 15 minutes to try perform your job or navigate your favorite website using only your keyboard. This activity is to get you to start thinking about ways that accessible design can increase access for all.
- Use a web browser to navigate to a web site you use regularly.
- Do not use a mouse to navigate the site, only use the keyboard shortcuts below:
- Press Tab to move to the next link, form element or button.
- Press Shift + Tab to move to the previous link, form element, or button.
- Press Enter or space bar to activate the current link or button.
- Use arrow keys, Escape, or other keys if doing so would seem to make sense.
Looking for some more information or resources? WPI has you covered! Check out the following resources:
- Accessibility Guidelines and Resources on the Office of Accessibility Services webpage
- Canvas Accessibility site to help you make your course site and course materials accessible to all students, created by the Academic Technology Center.
- Access Checker (UDOIT) and Rich Content Editor Accessibility Checker in Canvas.
- High Contrast UI and Underline Links in Canvas
- Microsoft Accessibility Checker in Microsoft Office 365 products such as Word and Powerpoint
From the student perspective, WPI has a student group called ACCESS which seeks to support their peers and the WPI community in developing a welcome, supportive and universally accessible campus.
If you have additional questions or want to learn how to be more accessible, reach out to Office of Accessibility Services.