Global Accessibility Awareness Day
May 17, 2018
Thursday May 17, 2018 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day. It is held each year on the 3rd Thursday of May to promote digital accessibility and inclusion for people with all disabilities. This initiative hopes to raise awareness of the impact of digital accessibility.
King’s Accessibility Services provides a wide variety of assistive technologies to aid students in their academic learning.
The first step is for students who identify as having a disability to seek support by contacting Accessibility, Counselling & Student Development.
An intake appointment with an accessibility counsellor will be scheduled. These accessibility counsellors jointly create an individualized plan for each student. Classroom and exam accommodations are put in place. The Learning skills strategist and the Assistive Technology Support Specialist are other resources that people with disabilities can access.
At King’s, there are three access labs available only to those have registered with Accessibility Services. This quiet spaces provide ergonomic equipment, height-adjustable desks and computers with the following:
- A text scanner
- Voice recognition software
- Screen-magnification software
- Screen-reading software
- Writing organization software
- Internet access
King’s is committed to preventing and removing barriers that impede students with disabilities from participating fully in the educational environment in a way that is responsive to their own unique circumstances. The principle of accommodation involves dignity, individualization and inclusion.