Post date: 
Monday, 18 May 2020

The ninth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) takes place on Thursday May 21 2020 in order to get people worldwide talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion.

Every user deserves a first-rate digital experience on the web. Someone with a disability must be able to experience web-based services, content and other digital products with the same successful outcome as those without disabilities.

GAAD’s target audience is those working in design, development, usability and other related communities who build, shape, fund and influence technology and its use. Unfortunately, there is a knowledge gap around accessibility issues and applying the appropriate standards which can prove to be a critical stumbling block to things getting done.

To celebrate GAAD, some of the world’s leading technology companies are holding a series of online events and seminars that are free to join. There are more than 70 different events available to join online taking place all week.

Some highlights include:

  • Microsoft has a weeklong series of bitesize sessions aimed at Accessibility Leads, Change Managers, Organisational Development and anyone with an interest in driving a more accessible and inclusive workplace agenda.

  • Thomas Pocklington Trust is giving a webinar on Accessible tech: at home and work discussing how accessible technology enables blind and partially sighted people to thrive.

  • Facebook is running a series of conversations with its Accessibility Team about designing for accessibility at scale.

  • The Candy Crush developers are asking their users how they can make Candy Crush Friends deliver the best and most accessible game experience for everyone.

  • Think you know all about digital accessibility? In honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Teach Access has created an accessibility trivia game for you to play at home. And you can win Teach Access swag just for playing.

Find out more about Global Accessibility Awareness Day on its web site where you can see the huge list of activities taking place to mark the day and sign up to take part.