Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) 2019

Global Acccessibility Awareness DayCome celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on Thursday, May 16th, with a day of hands-on workshops, tours, exhibits and demonstrations of accessible technologies. 

This is a time to make connections with other people interested in accessibility in the digital age and learn how universal design makes online resources more accessible and usable by everyone, including people with disabilities.

Date and Locations

  • Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019
  • Time: 9:00am-3:30pm
  • Transportation: Free parking and shuttle to venues available
  •  Locations:
    • Khan Annex/Huff Hall, 1206 South Fourth Street, Champaign (Use North doors off Gregory to enter the building)
    • Nugent Hall, 207 E Gregory Dr, Champaign (Use Arbor and Gregory Drive entrance)
    • Rehabilitation Education Center, 1207 S. Oak Street, Champaign


Registration Form

There is no cost for registration and a complementary box lunch is availble for people participating in the DRES tour and assistive technology demonstrations.

Important Dates:

  • May 1st is last day to make ASL accommodation requests, after May 1st only Typewell (live speech to text captioning) may be available.

  • May 10th is last day to order a box lunch as part of the DRES tour and demonstrations.

Who Should Come

Participation is open to the university community and the general public. There is no cost for participation. Please use the registration form to let us know if you plan to come for some or all of the day's activities. A compleentary box lunch is available for people who register by May 10th.

  • Administrators
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Students
  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Instructional designers
  • Technology professionals
  • Disability professionals
  • Health professionals

    Schedule of Events


    Time KHAN 1001
    (Instruction Track)
    KHAN 1002
    (Media Track)
    Nugent Hall HUFF 114
    (Technology Track)

    College of Business Online Course Accessibility

    • TBA, COB


    • Ann Fredricksen, DRES
    • Christy Blew, DRES

    New Campus IT Accessibility Policy

    • Tim Offenstein, Technology Services
    • Keith Hays, Technology Services

    Microsoft Word Accessible Authoring

    • Marc Thompson, CITL

    Audio Description Panel

    • Ann Fredricksen, DRES
    • Liam Moran, CITL
    • Andrew Gleason, Public Affairs
    • Robert (Bob) Dignan, CITL

    State of Illinois IT Accessibility

    • Mike Scott, Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology

    Microsoft PowerPoint Accessible Authoring

    • Marc Thompson, CITL

    Class Transcribe

    • Lawrence Angrave, Computer Science

    A11yFirst Editor Enhancements for CKEditor and Drupal 8

    • Nicholas Hoyt, DRES
    • Darien Large, ACES Extension

    E-Portfolio Accessibility Group

    • Robert Baird, CITL
    • Mark McCarthy, AITS
    • Lori Lane, DRES
    • Tim Offenstein, Technology Services
    12-1:30 Lunch, Tours of DRES,and Beckwith Program (at Nugent Hall) and Assistive Technology Demonstrations (at Rehabilitation Education Center)

    E-Text Accessibility

    • Yury Borukhovich, E-Text @ Illinois
    • Milind Basole, E-Text @ Illinois

    Microsoft Lighthouse Project

    • Lindsay Heitz, DRES
    • Lawrence Angrave, Computer Science
    • Megan Bayles, AHS Microsoft Fellow
    • Tim Yang, AHS Microsoft Fellow
    • Aaron Ebata, ACES
    • Kim Collins, DRES, (Moderator)

    FAE and AInspector WCAG

    • Nicholas Hoyt, DRES
    • Jon Gunderson, DRES

    Coursera Accessibility Group

    • Amy Mehl, Office of Continuing Education
    • Keith Hays, Technology Services
    • Marc Thompson, CITL
    • Lori Lane, DRES

    Accessible Math Using EquatIO

    • Marc Thompson. CITL
    • Martin Vance, UI-Springfield



    Assistive Technology Consumer Panel

    • Teryl Brewster, Education
    • Robert Chappell, ACES
    • Mark McCarthy, AITS
    • Colin Luadi, Student
    • Jon Gunderson, DRES (Moderator)


    Registration Form

    DRES Open House and Demos

    12:00 am-1:30 pm DRES Open House and Assistive Technology Demonstrations 


    • DRES Career Development, Lindsay Heitz
    • Campus IT Training Resources
    • DRES and Beckwith program information,
    • People Assuming Control over their Environment (PACE), Avi Laird
    • Illinois Assistive Technology Project (IATP), Lynette Strode
    • Great Lakes Disability Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC), Claudia Diaz (Tentative)
    • Illinois Radio Reader, Kathie Spegal (Tentative)

    South Hall

    •  Mental Health Services, Mandi Carey

    North Hall

    • DRES Timeline and History (Self-Guided)

    Room 77 (Lower Level)

    • Wheelchair Athletics Program and Training Facility, Athletic Staff

    Room 85 (Lower Level)

    • Captioning and Audio Description Services, Ann Fredricksen

    Room 64 (lower level)

    • Text Conversion Services, Angie Anderson

    Room 107

    • Lunch for people who registered to attend

    Room 121 West 

    • Technology for the Deaf, Colin Luadi
    • Screen magnification with Zoom on OSX, Michael Morgan
    • Screen magnification and JAWS, Teryl Brewster (Tentative)
    • Sonocent for Note Taking, Rachel Graddy

    Room 136

    • Kurzweil 3000, Tina Rolfe
    • Dragon Naturally Speaking, Tina Rolfe

    Room 178

    • Wellness Gym, Jeannette Elliott

    Nugent Hall

    • Beckwith Program Tours, Susann Sears

    Registration Form



    • Free Parking available in the NW Lot of the State Farm Center (corner of Kirby and 4th, where the SFC event sign is located) and shuttle provided.
    • Accessible parking is available in the DRES parking lot (entrance on Oak Street).
    • Metered parking available on the street (~$1/hour)
    • NOTE: Parking in Huff Hall parking lot is by permit only, violators will be ticketed.

    Shuttle Bus

    Shuttle Schedule for the parking lot (may change slightly):

    • 8:45/8:50 am - bus leaves the lot to drop off at Huff Hall. Will return and make 1 more trip (approx 9-9:15 am) and drop off at Huff then return to DRES
    • 11:50 am - bus leaves DRES, make a trip to the parking lot
    • 1:30 pm - bus leaves the lot, drop off at DRES
    • 3:35 pm - bus(es) leaves Huff, stop at Nugent, stop at DRES, make a trip to the parking lot

    A shuttle bus will also be available between DRES, Huff Hall, and Nugent Hall between sessions.
    DRES and Huff Hall are approximately .5 mile walking distance from one another with Nugent Hall between them.

    Registration Form

    For questions about parking or the event, contact Christy Blew at