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National Digital Inclusion Day and Global Accessibility Awareness Day: Home

In 2016, on Friday, May 13th the inaugural celebration was held for National Digital Inclusion Day – a day to celibrate and acknowledge the impact that digital access has on students, faculty, staff and the world..

Organizations

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Digital Inclusion Stool

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Literacy vs Fluency

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NDID

National Digital Inclusion Day - May 13th

What is Digital Inclusion?

Digital Inclusion refers to the activities necessary to ensure that all individuals and communities, including the most disadvantaged, have access to and use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).  This includes five elements:

1. Affordable, robust broadband internet service;

2. Internet-enabled devices that meet the needs of the user;

3. Access to digital literacy training;

4. Quality technical support; and

5. Applications and online content designed to enable and encourage self-sufficiency, participation and collaboration.

Digital Inclusion must evolve as technology advances. Digital Inclusion requires intentional strategies and investments to reduce and eliminate historical, institutional and structural barriers to access and use technology.

Source: NDIA

GAAD

Global Accessibility Awareness Day - May 19th

Thursday, May 19, 2022, help us celebrate the 11th Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)! The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion, and the more than One Billion people with disabilities/impairments.

GAAD Events Throughout the US.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day at ASU (In Person)

16 May 2022 – 20 May 2022 America/Phoenix (United States of America)

At ASU we are celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day throughout the week of May 16-20 with a series of short online challenges to increase your accessibility awareness. Conquer one activity a day throughout the week, or challenge yourself to become an Accessibility Champion all at once. Earn a digital credential in accessibility awareness!

Learn more about Global Accessibility Awareness Day at ASU by Arizona State University

Diversability Unplugged: Disability & Digital Accessibility (Virtual)

18 May 2022 | 7:00 PM-8:30 PM America/New_York (Global)

Join us on Wednesday, May 18, from 7 pm – 8:30 pm ET for Diversability Unplugged: Disability & Digital Accessibility, in partnership with Fable. We will have another powerhouse panel discussion centered around lived experience, advocacy and careers available in the accessibility space. Our panel includes: Dona Sarkar, Director of Tech, Microsoft Mark Mcguire, Digital Accessibility Consultant Sheri Byrne-Haber, Senior Staff, Accessibility Architect Samuel Proulx, Accessibility Evang., Fable

Learn more about Diversability Unplugged: Disability & Digital Accessibility by Diversability

Fix Your Content Day (Virtual)

19 May 2022 | 12:00 AM-11:59 AM (Global)

Blackboard (now part of Anthology) is bringing back Fix Your Content Day, a 24-hour global competition committed to creating accessible and more inclusive digital learning content. The objective of the day is to mobilize instructors and staff to fix as many digital course files as possible through Blackboard Ally.

Learn more about Ally.

Learn more about Fix Your Content Day by Blackboard Inc. (now part of Anthology)

Youth Innovation Projects on Global Accessibility (Activity)

19 May 2022 (United States of America)

Youth Innovation Projects supports Special Olympics Youth Leaders with and without intellectual disabilities as they come together to design and implement their visions of inclusion in their schools and communities. Since 2018 we have support over 850 Youth Leaders implementing 500 projects worldwide. Cycle 8’s theme will be Global Accessibility to help highlight the need for increased digital accessibility with the disability community. We will be highlighting the projects on our platforms.

Youth Innovation Grants

Special Olympics

NC Special Olympics

 

Digital Inclusion Terminology

Digital Civil Rights
“In the age of technological innovation, people of color find themselves embattled with upholding the same fight for equal rights.  This time, the fight is offline and online. One such area is algorithmic bias. Algorithms are quantitative data, a process or set of rules involving mathematical calculations that produces more data that helps people make decisions. Algorithmic bias (machine learning bias) or AI bias, is a systematic error in the coding, collection, or selection of data that produces unintended or unanticipated discriminatory results. Algorithmic bias is perpetuated by data scientists who train algorithms based on patterns found in historical data. These biased results are then used by humans to make decisions with implications that are systematically prejudiced towards communities of color.” 
The Aspen Institute
 

Digital Equity
"Digital Equity is a condition in which all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in our society, democracy and economy.  Digital Equity is necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to essential services."
National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA)
 

Digital Fluency
Digital fluency is “an evolving aptitude that empowers the individual to effectively and ethically interpret information, discover meaning, design content, construct knowledge, and communicate ideas in a digitally connected world” Digital fluency involves not only the technological ability, but also the creation and communication of complex ideas and meaning are part of digital fluency, as well as understanding such communications.
"What is Digital Fluency?" (S. Niessen, 2015)
 

Digital Inclusion
"The activities necessary to ensure that all individuals and communities, including the most disadvantaged, have access to and use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).  This includes 5 elements: 1) affordable, robust broadband internet service; 2) internet-enabled devices that meet the needs of the user; 3) access to digital literacy training; 4) quality technical support; and 5) applications and online content designed to enable and encourage self-sufficiency, participation and collaboration. Digital Inclusion must evolve as technology advances. Digital Inclusion requires intentional strategies and investments to reduce and eliminate historical, institutional and structural barriers to access and use technology."
National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA)
 

Digital Literacy
“Digital literacy requires skills in locating and using information and in critical thinking. It also involves knowing digital tools and using them in communicative, collaborative ways through social engagement. Digital literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills.” 
American Library Association
 

Digital Native and Immigrant
“A racialised discourse and problematic metaphor...In the current political climate, talk of immigrants and natives inevitably evokes complexities and anxieties around migration, integration, and racial and cultural difference in Western society.”
Digital Difference: Perspective of Online Learning by Ray Land, Siân Bayne
 

Digital Immigrant