University of Minnesota Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2024

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is proud to cosponsor Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) 2024 on May 16, 2024, hosted by the University of Minnesota in collaboration with people and institutions around the globe. Join us for this 100% online event based on the theme “Built Without Barriers.”

GAAD 2024 will include:

  • Keynote presentation from Ashley Shew, Associate Professor at Virginia Tech and author of the book Against Technoableism. Her current research is about disabled expertise and disability-led narratives about technologies (in contrast to the tropey stories we usually get).
  • Several breakout sessions in 4 broad tracks:
    • Digital content
    • Organizational success
    • Community and partners
    • Teaching and learning

Visit the GAAD event website for more information.


Registration is required. Use your Google Apps @ Illinois account to register. If you have not enabled Google Apps @ Illinois, you can do so by following the procedure in the Illinois Answers KnowledgeBase. All times on the registration form are in Central Daylight Time.

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Live captioning will be provided for all sessions. ASL interpretation will be provided during the keynote session. Slides and handouts will be available a few days prior on the GAAD event website.

During this event we embrace and celebrate the skills, experiences, perspectives, ideas, and personal characteristics of all participants. We strive to foster an environment that leverages the unique contributions of all individuals. Please let us know how we can ensure that this event is inclusive to you. What accommodations or access needs can we help facilitate?

Please send accommodation requests to by May 2, 2024 to help us fulfill them in time.


Email to reach the planning committee for questions. You may also contact Keith Hays, the ADA IT Coordinator here at the University of Illinois.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you on May 16!


Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, the Chancellor, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, or The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.