Seven free events to mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2017 - including a full day of live streaming on accessibility from the BBC

Global Accessibility Awarness Day (GAAD) on 18 May offers a chance to dip into some fantastic virtual (and real life) accessibilty events from lots of different organisations, including a full day of live streaming from the BBC and top speakers from Microsoft at the Atos London event. Many of these are free.

Here's our pick of seven events that we think stand out - check the official #GAAD2017 website for a complete guide to GAAD events.

#GAAD2017 live streaming from the BBC on digital access and inclusion 

  • Our accessibilty team picked out the BBC's main GAAD event as a favourite.
  • It runs all day on 18 May, streaming from London and Salford in the UK.

ATOS Global Accessibility Awareness day 2017

  • Adi Latif, usability and accessibility consultant at AbilityNet, picked out this event as an option for those who want to go to an event in person, rather than be involved online. 
  • Adi says: "The main London GAAD event looks good as it will have Microsoft talking about how they are imbedding accessibility into their platform. It also looks good as it will be discussing mental health. So many people are affected by it but its very rarely covered."

Digital inclusion

Future of Accessible Work

  • Join W4A (Web For All) Conference Chair Vivienne Conway to hear the highlights and top trends emerging from the global conference Web For All 2017: The Future of Accessible Work. 4pm. 
  • More info about the PEAT W4A Webinar.

Accessibility and Gaming

  • Blind gamers unite on Twitch to show you a way of gaming you've never seen before. Live Stream
  • Head to BlindNewWorld on Twitch May 18th at 12PM ET Featuring BlindGamerDK and BlindGamerMisadventures.

Accessibility for older adults

Higher education 

  • Free webinar discussing 10 Challenges and Solutions for web accessibility implementation in higher education. Topics include: Accessible Textbooks, Administrative Buy-in, Captioning Requirements and Funding Options, Disability Service Providers, Procurement of Accessible Goods and Services, and more.
  • May 18 11:00am - 12:00pm (EDT). To participate, request the login link, please email

Check the official #GAAD2017 website for a complete guide to GAAD events.