May 19th marks the 11th anniversary of 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.” (

So what does this mean for you? To help celebrate and raise more awareness of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), we are asking you to fix at least one piece of digital content using Ally in Canvas.

Ally was added to Canvas as part of the UD Accessibility Initiative launched in the fall of 2018.  Ally can help you provide your students with more accessible content so your students can choose formats that work best for them. (Original Ally Canvas post)

For our spring 2022 term, Ally reported 2,775 courses have 431,332 files (documents, images) with an overall accessibility score of 66.9%. If you see a red, green or yellow gauge icon next to an image or file, click it. It will provide you with information about the accessibility of that image or document and guidance for how to improve its score. If you are not familiar with Ally, this quick-start-guide should help.

Let’s see if we can move the needle!

Image shows a green Ally icoRed Ally icon with the words Accessibility Begins with Me around it.

Besides the guidance Ally gives you inside Canvas, they have additional documentation regarding the issues reported at their Improve Content Accessibility website.

There is also a Canvas Accessibility Overview site open to all faculty at UD to learn more and to assist with making digital content at UD accessible.