Today marks the 5th annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day. This event was created by the accessibility community to discuss providing access to experiences, both physical and digital, for people with diverse needs around the world. Last year, Blackboard recognized the day by challenging our internal development teams to work without their mouse for at least 30 minutes. Very quickly, it was an enlightening experience for many developers.

In the last year, we’ve focused on deeply integrating accessibility thinking into our corporate culture. We released an updated and highly accessible web-based view of Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra experience. We increased emphasis on accessibility in our mobile applications. We have redesigned, simplified, and improved our most pervasive Learning Management Systems, Moodlerooms and Blackboard Learn. And, we’ve helped teachers adopt small changes and new ways of thinking through our Inclusive Classroom Framework.

This year, to mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day, we’re kicking off a contest to find the most inclusive classrooms in the United States. We’re looking for teachers who have put in the extra time and effort to ensure their pedagogy, content, and classroom technology enables all students to learn and be successful without complex accommodations.

Nominations are now open. If you know someone who has built inclusive practices into his or her everyday teaching and learning, we want to hear about it.

The top ten inclusive classrooms will be selected through an online peer voting system. And the top three winners, selected by a committee of experts, will be invited to share their stories at BbWorld 2016 in Las Vegas as part of our dedicated accessibility track. They will also be showcased in the open demo area of the Blackboard Knowledge Bar throughout the conference.

Full rules and regulations of the contest are available. All nominations must be submitted no later than 12:00 PM EST on June 17, 2016. Winners will be announced on or about 3pm EST June 24, 2016. Nominate a teacher today.

 

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