As SUNY Oswego transitioned to all-remote classes in the Spring and Fall of 2020, it became clear that we needed to expand the campus community focused on digital accessibility. In order to successfully shift the culture on our campus, we needed to “build our accessibility muscles” from all sides, including from student group leaders, faculty and staff, to top-level administrators.
Our workgroup on accessibility practices developed a 10-day Accessibility Challenge, piloted in January 2020 with nearly 200 participants, to help educate and empower others to improve the accessibility of the materials they create. Each day of the program introduced one basic principle, why it’s important, and how to put it into practice. Different participation options were offered each day to meet the needs of individuals with different levels of experience from synchronous training sessions, to on-demand tutorials, to drop-in one-on-one help sessions.
In this session, we’ll outline why we developed the 10-Day Challenge, how it was structured, explain how we’ve evaluated its success, and our next steps.