Take the #No-Mouse Challenge!

It's easy and can be done while you are doing you regular work!

This October, the Human Rights Office joins organizations across the country to celebrate the National Disability Employment Awareness Month (external link). During this important month, all leaders, staff and faculty members at the University of Ottawa are invited to take the #NoMouse Challenge.

About the Challenge



The #NoMouse Challenge (external link) is a global effort to raise awareness about accessible web design. It can be done anywhere, at any time and while you are working. This exercise help demonstrate how we all have a role to play to help make the campus learning and working environment and opportunities more inclusive.

Take this opportunity to discuss with your team on how you can help make the goods and services of our campus more accessible.

How do I start?

Just follow these three simple steps:

Step 1. Use the Web without a mouse.

Try using your webpage without a mouse. Use the keyboard instead. See below for Tips for using the keyboard to access web pages.

As you do this, ask the following questions:

  • Can I access all features?
  • Can I easily navigate online PDF documents?
  • Can I complete online fillable forms?
  • Can I operate all buttons, sliders, and other controls?
  • Can I easily tell where I am on the page?

Step 2. Spread the Word!

  • Share your experience with the #NoMouse hash tag.
  • Invite your team to take the #NoMouse challenge.

Step 3. Have a chat with your team!

Take a step further:

Tips for using the keyboard to access web pages

  • Press Tab to move to the next link, form element or button.
  • Press Shift+Tab to move to the previous link, form element, or button.
  • Press Enter or space bar to activate the current link or button.
  • Use arrow keys, Escape, or other keys to navigate the web content.

Why do we need to create accessible websites?



Some individuals with physical disabilities may be unable to use a mouse, and instead rely exclusively on their keyboard, or use assistive technologies such as speech recognition, head pointers, mouth sticks, or eye-gaze tracking systems. If a website is accessible only to mouse users, these individuals will be excluded. That is why the law requires that all digital content we create (e.g.: websites, Word docs, PDFs, video and audio productions) are accessible.

What are my legal obligations?
Resources about accessibility

The Accessibility Hub is a central online resource for accessibility at uOttawa. The Hub houses tools and Accessibility Resources to help students, educators and administrators identify and remove barriers to accessibility.

Find an expert

Marie-Claude Gagnon, Senior Officer on Accessibility Policy

613-562-5800 extension 7452

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