Thursday 17 May marks the seventh annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital accessibility and inclusion for people with different health conditions and impairments. We'll be doing our part, with our team attending and talking at a variety of GAAD events throughout the day...
GAAD began in 2012 and now takes place on the third Thursday of May each year. The idea for the event was started by a single blog post written by Joe Devon, a web developer at the time, tentatively suggesting the event and encouraging people to spread the word.
AbilityNet sponsors London Accessibility Meetup
We are one of the sponsors for this month's London Accessibility Meetup which takes place on GAAD. There are three talks lined up; 'Think inclusion, not Accessibility', 'Top down and bottom up: Gaining insights from the people who know best' and 'Accessibility is Usability'.
Tune in to see AbilityNet as part of BBC Accessibility Awareness Day
Robin Christopherson MBE, AbilityNet's Head of Digital Inclusion, will be speaking as part of the inclusive output from the BBC for GAAD. There will be content throughout the day from the BBC, with Robin talking about voice assistants and spoken interfaces at 1:45pm BST.
Join AbilityNet at the UXPA event, hosted by Barclays
Alladin Elteira, an Accessibility and Usability Consultant at AbilityNet, will be speaking at the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) GAAD event hosted by Barclays. Alladin will talk about upcoming updates to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) - version 2.1.
Alex and Adi go LIVE on Facebook
Alex Barker is AbilityNet's Advice and Information Officer. He has a rare condition called Moebius Syndrome and a characteristic of this is restricted hand dexterity. Alex will be going live on Facebook, completing a task on his computer to raise awareness of accessibility features.
Adi Latif is an Accessibility and Usability Consultant at AbilityNet. He has a visual impairment and uses a screen reader that converts visual information into auditory information. Adi will be completing a task to show how a screen reader communicates the information on a website.
Join in the GAAD celebrations, follow us @AbilityNet #GAAD