NC State University will be hosting our Third Annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day Website Accessibility Challenge. The purpose of the challenge is to
- promote accessibility throughout the campus
- improve the accessibility of our websites
- teach developers and content creators how to build accessibility into their Websites
The contest runs from April 15 through May 20, and the winners will be announced on Global Accessibility Awareness Day, May 21. There are two competitions.
- Sites which can correct the largest percentage of their accessibility errors
- Sites which can include a link to the Accessibility @ NC State page
Sites which can correct the largest percentage of their accessibility errors
One competition is to see which websites can have the greatest percentage of errors corrected during the contest. Winners will be selected from
- Large sites (1000 or more pages)
- Medium sites (100-999 pages)
- Small sites (less than 100 pages)
Sites which can correct at least 50% or 75% of their errors will also be recognized.
Sites which can include a link to the Accessibility @ NC State page
It is important to allow users to be able to easily find accessibility information about our campus, whether they are looking for accessibility services or are having problems interacting with online content. We have a central place where all campus accessibility information can be found, including contact information – the Accessibility at NC State site.
For the contest, websites which include a link to this site from their home page will be recognized. Including this link is often done by placing it in the footer of your page.
Learning more about Accessibility
Throughout the contest there are a number of opportunities to learn about accessibility and how to make your websites more accessible. Note: All training events are in the Avent Ferry Technology Center, where there is plenty of parking.
Website Accessibility Tune-Ups (Lunch & Learn series)
Bring your lunch and your website for a free website accessibility evaluation from Greg Kraus, the IT Accessibility Coordinator. You will see how he evaluates sites for accessibility and you will go away with actionable items that you can start implementing in your site to improve your accessibility. You can signup in ClassMate with the following links.
Web Accessibility Testing and Techniques
In this workshop you will learn about Web accessibility concepts, how to code for accessibility, and how to use common accessibility testing tools. You do not need to bring your own website for this workshop, but you can work on it if you want to.
Co-Working Day Drop-in Session
Every Friday several people from around campus gather in Avent Ferry Technology Center, Room 106 for a co-working event. A co-working event is just a place where people gather to work on their own stuff or collaborate with people who are in the room to help solve problems they are having. On May 1 and May 8 Greg Kraus will be at the Co-Working Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to answer any questions you may have about accessibility and work with you on the accessibility of your site. There is no sign up. Just drop on by.