Over one billion people worldwide have disabilities or impairments. They may not successfully use or fully experience web sites and services, content, and digital materials unless these are designed for accessibility. GAAD is Thursday, May 16 - a time to talk, think, and learn about digital access and inclusion. We are sharing resources early since GAAD takes place when many of our community members are away.

Action Needed

You can participate using the IT-sponsored materials and activities detailed below! More information about GAAD is offered at their site (Actions). You can also refer to WPI's Digital Accessibility Policy (Actions).


Hands-on Activities - April 25th

Information Technology (IT) representatives invite you to join us in Gordon Library on Thursday, April 25 from 11-1PM to try some hands-on activities designed to help understand several accessibility needs.

Is Your Content Accessible?

How about checking features of your next presentation, website, poster or document to make the most of your message ? These tools help get the job done! (All are linked in Actions).

  • Color Blindness Simulator
  • WCAG Contrast Checker
  • Microsoft Accessibility Checker - available within many Microsoft 365 applications
  • WAVE – Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool

Accessibility in Popular WPI Resources

Accessibility in Zoom

Information about using accessibility features in Zoom. (Related Articles).

Accessibility in Workday

Information about using accessibility features in Workday (Related Articles).

Designing Accessible Canvas Courses

The Academic Technology Center offers information to assist faculty with designing more accessible Canvas course sites and course materials in  Canvas Accessibility and UDL for Canvas  (Action). 

Accessibility on the WPI Hub

The IT Sustainable Inclusive Excellence hub subsite is your one-stop shop for Hub content for accessibility (SIE in Technology in Actions). Optionally, search for materials using the Accessibility tag. 

Diversity in Technology Profiles

The following Diversity in Technology profiles feature people who use Assistive Technologies in order to access and interact with digital content.

  • Erin Hawley
  • Jennison Asuncion
  • Mike Luckett
  • Rayne Clark

Additional Resources

The last 3 items in Actions briefly discuss some types of disabilities that would make it harder to access digital content. One of the items is a short list of video games that are accessible to people with intellectual disabilities.