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UW GAAD 2022

6th Annual UW Global Accessibility Awareness Day (UW GAAD)

GAAD is an annual global event, designed to engage people around the world in talking, thinking, and learning about digital access and inclusion. Additional information about GAAD is available at

Each year, the UW commemorates GAAD by offering a full day of lectures, workshops, and other activities related to digital accessibility.

Video recordings and links to resources are available on the UW GAAD 2022 archives page.

Event schedule

  • Date: May 19, 2022
  • Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Location: Zoom (registration required)

UW GAAD sessions are free and open to everyone but registration is required.

Session schedule

Join us for one session or attend them all!

Time Session Title Presenter(s)
9:00 – 9:50 Accessibility Testing Tools Mikey S. Wilson
Alyssa Vo
Jessica Kuo
Cynthia Y. Zhang
9:50 – 10:00 Break N/A
10:00 – 12:00 Workshop: Using Screen Reader Programs to Check Website Accessibility Hadi Rangin
12:00 – 2:00 Lunch Break N/A
2:00 – 2:50 Alt Text for Images and Accessible Charts Anna Marie Golden
Gaby de Jongh
2:50 – 3:00 Break N/A
3:00 – 4:00 Accessible Tables in Word and PDF Gaby de Jongh
Andrew Michaels

Session descriptions

Accessibility Testing Tools

Mikey S. Wilson, Alyssa Vo, Jessica Kuo, Cynthia Y. Zhang

Hadi’s students from Accessible Technology Services will show how to use automatic accessibility checking tools to check for common web accessibility issues. Tools will include Accessibility Bookmarklets, AXE, WAVE, ANDI, and various color contrast tools.

Workshop: Using Screen Reader Programs to Check Website Accessibility

Hadi Rangin

This workshop will cover how to use Mac Voiceover and Windows NVDA screen reader programs for basic website accessibility features. After registration, you will receive detailed instructions on how to prepare for the workshop, including how to configure/install Voiceover and NVDA.

Please note that there will be no technical support during the workshop itself, so make sure you have set up your chosen screen reader prior to the session.

In this workshop we will cover:

  • Basic configurations: speech rate and voice, speech viewer
  • Reading and interaction mode
  • Understanding website infrastructure
  • Understanding page content structure
  • Basic page navigation
  • Interacting with form elements and dynamic components (ex. menus, modals, disclosure)
  • Notifications, warnings, and errors
Workshop Schedule
  • 10:00 – 10:30: Quick Introduction to screen reader testing (recommended for all workshop participants)
  • 10:30 – 11:10: Basic Voiceover testing on Mac
  • 11:10 – 11:20: Break
  • 11:20 – 12:00: Basic NVDA testing on Windows

Alt Text for Images and Accessible Charts

Anna Marie Golden, Gaby de Jongh

Writing alt text is as much an art as it is a science. In this session, we will give examples of images and provide examples of alt text for images, charts, and graphs. We will also delve into how screen readers interpret charts and graphs without alt text.

Accessible Tables in Word and PDF

Gaby de Jongh, Andrew Michaels

Creating accessible tables in Word and PDF is a process. In this session we will take a deeper dive into simplifying complex tables in Word, and remediating tables in PDF using the Table Editor in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC.