10th Annual Accessibility Awareness Days Event 2023

Accessibility Awareness Days 2023 Poster


The Office of Human Rights, Equity and Accessibility (OHREA) is happy to announce the 10th annual Accessibility Awareness Days event! Events will run every Tuesday throughout March. Each week, participants will gain knowledge and practical skills to help create a more inclusive campus community. The first 3 weeks will consist of a 30-minute, virtual workshop. The last week will be our first in-person event since 2019! Join us in celebrating disability rights with a fireside chat featuring Dr. Laverne Jacobs and celebrate her election to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

ADHD: A student perspective

Tuesday, March 7 from 11:30-noon (Virtual)

Presenter: Nadia Gill, 4th year

(Moderator: Karen Pillon)

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Nadia Gill is a 4th-year drama student and one of the Student Project Coordinators for the The ADHDe Project. Nadia will provide a brief overview of ADHD and share her experiences of what it is like to be a university student with this diagnosis. Included in this presentation will be tips for students on navigating the university experience and how others can be allies. 

Accessible presentations: In-person and online

Tuesday, March 14 from 11:30-noon (Virtual)

Presenters: Cherie Gagnon, Accessibility Manager - Office of Human Rights, Equity and Accessibility; Dr. Erika Kustra, Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning

(Moderator: Nicole Canzoneri)

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If you are an instructor or a student who presents to a class, or if your job requires presentation skills, then this session is for you! Following accessible practices will make your presentation and delivery more accessible for your entire audience. Information will cover tips for both in-person and online methods of delivery with practical steps you can begin implementing right away.

Quick tips for making your Brightspace site more accessible

Tuesday, March 21 from 11:30-noon (Virtual)

Presenters: Mark Lubrick, Learning Specialist – Office of Open Learning; Lorie Stolarchuk – Office of Open Learning

(Moderator: Anthony Gomez)

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This session will demonstrate how to create accessible content using Brightspace’s text editor and utilize built-in accessibility checkers to identify issues to correct.  Further, this session will highlight how to handle accommodations such as extra time, or different submission dates in Brightspace.  Finally, we will demonstrate a new integrated tool called Panorama, which can provide users with several alternate format types for documents in Brightspace, in addition to offering instructors an accessibility checker for documents uploaded to course sites. 

This event is in partnership with Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization (EDID) Week

Celebrating disability rights: A Conversation with Dr. Laverne Jacobs

Tuesday, March 28 from 11:00 am

Alumni Auditorium – CAW Student Centre and Live Stream via YouTube

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Accessibility Awareness Days returns in-person for the final event of 2023. During this session we will announce the winners of the 2023 IDeA Competition, honour the legacy of David C. Onley, and highlight recent accessibility initiatives on campus.

Our keynote presentation will be a Conversation with Dr. Laverne Jacobs. Dr. Jacobs is a full Professor at the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, and is an accomplished interdisciplinary legal scholar who advances disability rights and inclusion through her work. In June 2022, Professor Jacobs was elected to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). The Committee monitors the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by countries that have ratified it. UN CRPD Committee members are independent experts selected from countries around the globe. Dr. Jacobs is the first-ever Canadian to be elected to serve on the United Nations CRPD Committee, and her election is historic for that reason.

Lunch will be available during the presentation.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please email aad@uwindsor.ca.