One of the aims of #GAAD is to raise awareness of digital accessibility and to encourage participation in challenging but fun ways!
What can you do to participate? Here are a few suggestions:
Sounds crazy right? But did you know many people with limited dexterity or those who are blind, and many others rely on this method. In 2012, I installed a Windows Server without any mouse input, it was hard but I did it. Give it a try!
Seen anything good on Youtube recently? Do you know if it has been captioned? Tools like Amara Subtitles allow you to create your own closed captions on any video online, regardless if you are the content owner or not. I made one myself last year following a story from ABC Australia (who had not bothered to caption their own video unfortunately). Here is that video, posted on the Webbism blog.
So you think you have what it takes to move on to a serious black belt accessibility challenge? Install a screenreader, like Google Chrome Developers, Chromevox and explore on your own using only a keyboard and a pair of headphones. Alternatively, turn on Voiceover on iOS, or Talkback in Android.
Check out the GAAD website to find out if there is a Meetup in your area (or your company!).
If you are a local from Brisbane, join me and the members from the Brisbane Web Accessibility & Inclusive Design Meetup for our GAAD Meetup.
For more information, visit the official website, or stay updated on the social media links below.