UIC celebrates Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Dear UIC students, faculty and staff,

As we celebrate the 13th annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 16, we invite you to join us in highlighting the importance of accessible technology at UIC.

What is Global Accessibility Awareness Day?
The third Thursday in May is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of digital accessibility. People with disabilities must have the same opportunities to experience and use web-based services, content and other digital products as those without disabilities have. The day serves as a reminder of the critical need for digital accessibility, ensuring that individuals with disabilities have equal opportunities to learn, work and access information.

How does UIC support digital accessibility?
As Chicago’s largest and most diverse university, UIC is dedicated to fostering an inclusive environment and has taken proactive steps to support digital accessibility, including:

  • Publishing the Information Communications Technology Accessibility Policy
    In November 2022, UIC introduced its Information Communications Technology Accessibility Policy, reflecting our ongoing efforts to ensure accessibility across all digital platforms. This policy reaffirms our commitment to inclusivity and equal access for all community members.
  • Offering Digital Accessibility Consultation Services
    The university now offers UIC Digital Accessibility Consultation Services and three additional support services. These resources are designed to assist faculty, staff and students create and maintain accessible digital content.
  • Acquiring an Accessibility Monitoring and Evaluation System
    The UIC Accessibility Monitoring and Evaluation System, powered by Deque, helps ensure that our digital content meets the highest accessibility standards. This system will play a vital role in continuously improving the accessibility of our online resources.
  • Establishing a Procurement and Exception Process
    The UIC Information and Communications Technology Procurement guidelines were established to provide exception reviews for services to ensure products UIC purchases or acquires are reviewed for accessibility compliance. To learn more, visit Digital Accessibility Exception Request.
  • Launching the Accessibility Liaison Program
    The UIC Accessibility Liaison Program aims to enhance our university’s commitment to digital accessibility and inclusion. By participating in this program, liaisons will gain valuable knowledge and contribute significantly to the university’s mission of inclusivity.

UIC understands the importance of accessible technology so people with disabilities can learn, work, participate and access information. We will continue to support and invest in digital accessibility initiatives.

Where can I learn more about digital accessibility and Global Accessibility Awareness Day?
Learn more about UIC’s commitment to accessible technology and GAAD2024 events.

Thank you for your continued support as we strive to create an inclusive and accessible community at UIC. Together, let’s celebrate diversity and embrace accessibility for all.


Jason Maslanka
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Chief Technology Officer
Technology Solutions

Caryn A. Bills
Associate Chancellor
Office for Access and Equity

For more information, please contact:
Jemma Ku

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