Today, May 9 marks GAAD, or Global Accessibility Awareness Day. A now truly worldwide event that encourages people to take time from their lives to observe, engage and discuss the needs digital accessibility and people with different disabilities.
As the organisers explain it, “The idea of a Global Accessibility Awareness Day started with a single blog post written by a Los Angeles-based web developer, Joe Devon. Jennison Asuncion, an accessibility professional from Toronto discovered Joe’s blog post purely by accident thanks to Twitter. After reading it, he immediately contacted Joe and they joined forces, leveraging their extensive and respective networks to realize the event.”
Here, at Webbism, we are proudly supporting Global Accessibility Awareness Day by sponsoring the Brisbane Web Accessibility & Inclusive Design Meetup. The Meetup will feature individual lightning talks, with such topics including:
– Web Accessibility and “The Cloud”
– Overview of ChromeOS and ChromeVox Accessibility Tools
– How not-for-profits are preparing for the NDIS online
– Reflecting on the pioneering days of the accessible web
The Global Web Accessibility Awareness Day website has a full roundup of today’s events. Encouragingly, many organisations such as Paypal, Box and the BBC will be holding internal events to mark the occasion.
But don’t worry if you can’t make it to an event! Why not challenge yourself and participate by:
– Going “mouseless” for one hour
– Try out voiceover on your PC, Mac or Chromevox on ChromeOS
Or feel free to let us know what you will be doing in the comments below.