Third annual NC State Global Accessibility Awareness Day Website Challenge ends May 20

Time is running out to participate in this year’s NC State Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) Website Challenge, which is held annually “to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital accessibility and users with different disabilities.”

Campus website owners and designers are encouraged to make accessibility improvements to their websites by Wednesday, May 20. Sponsored by the University IT Accessibility Office, the contest includes two categories:

  • sites that improve their overall accessibility by the greatest percentage
  • sites that link at least their homepage to the Accessibility @ NC State University website
    Website owners and designers are asked to link to this site so their users can easily find campus accessibility services and to follow the Office of Civil Rights recommendations.

So far, only six websites show accessibility improvements and five are linked correctly to the Accessibility @ NC State University website. To receive credit for this category, campus website owners and designers must link to the current accessibility website and submit a rescan of their websites. Internal audits show a total of 38 websites with the correct link, but most are not receiving credit because they have not been rescanned.

Contest winners will be posted on the 2015 NC State Global Accessibility Awareness Day Website Challenge page on Thursday, May 21.