Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) is an awareness day focusing on digital access and inclusion for the more than one billion people with disabilities and impairments. It is marked annually on the third Thursday of May. 2019 date: May 16.
Global Accessibility Awareness Day is a community-driven effort whose goal is to focus one day to raise the profile of digital (web, software, mobile app/device, touch screen kiosk, etc.) accessibility and people with different disabilities.
It all started with a blog post written by a Los Angeles-based technologist, Joe Devon http://mysqltalk.wordpress.com/2011/11/27/challenge-accessibility-know-how-needs-to-go-mainstream-with-developers-now. Jennison Asuncion, a digital accessibility professional in 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 co-found this global effort. The target audience of the event is the design, development, usability, and related communities who build, shape, fund and influence technology and its use. While people may be interested in the topic of making technology accessible and usable by persons with disabilities, the reality is that they often do not know how or where to start. Awareness comes first!
Elsewhere on the Web
Mozilla: Mozilla’s mission is to ensure the web remains a global resource, open and accessible to all. There is no better way for us to improve the accessibility part of our mission than in a way that is also inclusive and involves the people that are directly impacted by our product decisions.