digital accessibility

Global Accessibility: Make it Digital

On May 19th the world will celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day. GAAD is a program to promote digital access and accessibility to over 1 billion people with disabilities worldwide.

#BetterTogether is brought to you by the Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

The internet is oftentimes easily accessible. We have computers, phones, and tablets on or near us at all times. But people with disabilities are sometimes at a disadvantage when it comes to digital access. GAAD brings awareness to the ways companies and websites can provide accessibility for everyone.

How to Improve Digital Accessibility for Yourself

  • Screen Reading – both Windows and Apple products offer options for screen reading
  • Google adaptive resources can be found HERE
  • Microsoft Accessibility can be found HERE
  • Blackberry resources can be found HERE
  • WAVE (Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool) is free for developers and designers
  • The Colour Contrast Analyzer is a tool to determine the legibility and visibility of graphic elements

Everyday Digital Accessibility Tips for Your Audience

  • Use a minimum of 14-point font in your correspondence (a 16-point font is ideal)
  • Go with simple sans serif fonts such as Arial, Tahoma, or Calibri
  • Don’t overlay text on images in correspondence
  • Use enough contrast between text and background color
  • Make sure all graphics have descriptive captions written in plain language

You can find more adaptive technology and tools at the Adaptech Research Network or at the TuscBDD Assistive Devices and Technology Fair on August 18th. TuscBDD is committed to accessibility for all. For more information about accessibility needs or requests, or to share your experience, contact them at (330) 308-7173.

Embrace Possibilities:

An Assistive Devices and Technology Fair at Starlight School

This is a free event open to everyone in the community: adults, children, families, providers, educators, and professionals. The Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities Starlight School will host the event. (Located at 518 Church Avenue SW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.) There are two time blocks to Attend: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

There will be demonstrations and information about communication, language, switches, and Sensory Devices and Equipment. Additionally, there will be info about Safety and Independence, AT for the Visually Impaired and Hard of Hearing, Funding, Support, Advocacy, Demos, Activities, Prizes, and Giveaways!

A scavenger hunt to win an iPad is also planned. One iPad will go to a family or person served and one will be awarded to a professional. Each device will feature 3 of the most popular communication apps.

Vendors include :

  • OCALI ATI center
  • LoganTech/ Westminster Technologies
  • PRC-Saltillo
  • Forbes
  • Don Johnston
  • Medicaid/Medicare SSAs
  • Family Support Services SSAs
  • Starlight School Outreach &
  • Behavior Support
  • Many more!

The Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities (TuscBDD) has resources for children and adults with developmental disabilities. TuscBDD provides Early Intervention for children from birth to three years old, Service and Support Administration for people of all ages, family support services, family mentorship, and more! To learn more about these services, visit the TuscBDD website at

Audrey Mattevi

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