Uplift Access: Uplifting Accessibility In and Beyond Unitarian Universalism

UPLIFT Access - May 2024

By Gretchen Maune

Dear Friends,

It’s the middle of May, and while my thoughts do drift now and then to fragrant flowers and the graduations so prevalent in my college town, most of my attention is focused on Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). Now in its 13th year, I’m excited about the programs hosted by advocates around the world to raise awareness around digital accessibility. It’s the first field of accessibility I learned about, as well as the kind that affects me the most. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2 are the latest set of standards for digital accessibility and following them will make your content available to disabled people with a wide variety of access needs. However, if you don’t have time for a WCAG deep dive right now, you can do one thing to celebrate GAAD and decide today to add alt text (image descriptions) to your pictures and memes, whenever you share them. Doing this will mean that people like me who can’t see, as well as neurodivergent folks who have difficulty perceiving them, can get the joke or take in that sweet moment caught on camera with the rest of your audience!

This month marks the end of our first year of Uplift Access Resource Webinars and Blogs,, and we are thrilled to be rounding things out with a guest reflection and presentation by Rev. Julian Jamaica Soto! Read their reflection, Where Do We Go from Here? and be sure to tune in to our last webinar of the season where they will present a talk on anti-ableism.

UPLIFT Access Monthly Accessibility Resource Webinars

Where Do We Go From Here?
A Talk On Anti-Ableism with Rev. Julián Jamaica Soto

Thursday, May 23rd
12pm-1:30 ET / 11am CT / 10am MT / 9am PT

UPLIFT Access Monthly Webinar Registration
UPLIFT Access Webinar - Previous Recordings

Accessible Publications from Skinner House


Skinner House will have a channel on Bookshare in the near future!

Accessible versions of Skinner House's most recent publications, and all new ones going forward will be available to Bookshare subscribers.

Skinner House Audiobooks NOW AVAILABLE through Libro.fm and other channels and will continue to make audiobooks of most new Skinner House publications!

About the Author

Gretchen Maune

As Accessiblity Resources Coordinator, Gretchen will provide virtual resources for Unitarian Universalist congregational and organizational leaders to create spaces, events, programs and communities which are accessible and inclusive to disabled participants.

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