May 14, 2018
5 Ways to Participate in Global Accessibility Awareness Day #GAAD

On May 17th, the Disability:IN will be celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). GAAD was established to create awareness and generate conversations about accessibility, specifically web accessibility, for people with disabilities. Now in its seventh year, GAAD was inspired by a web developer who understood that web accessibility could make a world of difference for people with disabilities, and recognized web developers were not doing enough to make websites and mobile apps accessible. 

Accessibility is the product of inclusive design, and to promote Global Accessibility Awareness Day, the Disability:IN team has rounded up five ways to learn more about accessibility.  

On Thursday, May 17th (Global Accessibility Awareness Day)

  1. The USBLN will host webinar on how to become a Business of Choice for People with Disabilities  on GAAD (Wednesday, May 17th at 1pm EST). Insights and data are from the Disability Equality Index (DEI), benchmarking tool implemented in partnership between Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).
  2. On GAAD, Microsoft will release a short film, featuring Jill Houghton, President and CEO of USBLN, on how accessible technologies enable everyone to create, communicate, and collaborate. Register today to watch it on-demand.
  3. Check out the accessibility boot camp at the Disability:IN Annual Conference this year. The session explores why accessible technology matters and how to support your employees with and without a disability with inclusively designed tools. The session will share practical resources and tips for ensuring that your workplace technology and content is accessible, from job applications to documents created with Microsoft 365.
  4. Tune in on Thursday for our special #GAAD Twitterchat! We’ll be tweeting about accessibility and #DisabilityInTech. Follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/usbln) and start tweeting at 12 noon EST.

Keep the accessibility efforts going post GAAD!

5. When #GAAD is over, the accessibility efforts don’t stop! As an additional resource, be sure to follow AXSChat, an online community dedicated to promoting accessibility and inclusion. Each week Debra Ruh, Neil Milliken, and Antonio Santos host a Twitterchat to help folks gain practical information from recognized experts in disability inclusion. Follow https://twitter.com/AXSChat.  Lastly, don’t forget to check to make sure your site is following the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).


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