Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) 2016

  • Authored on May 13, 2016

A website user wearing an eye patch provides feedback to two people leading a user testing session in AMI's boardroom.

AMI encourages everyone to join a global community in celebrating the 5th Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on May 19, 2016.

The purpose of GAAD is to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) accessibility and users with different disabilities. Jennison Asuncion and Joe Devon Read are GAAD's co-founders and you can read the blog post by Devon that inspired the global event.

The #A11yTO: Toronto Accessibility & Inclusive Design meetup group is getting a head start this year as it gathers on May 18 at Shopify Toronto for a meetup entitled, A11y success stories to celebrate #GAAD - Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Become an #A11yTO meetup group member and read more about this month's event below.

A11y Success Stories

The theme this year is success stories. We're sometimes told the accessibility community is focused on the negatives, the stuff that doesn't work well or the things people don't do well. So, this year we want to lead by example and surface what works well. We'll have a round-the-room conversation focused on positive examples - whether it's an accessible product you launched, an organizational change you've made, a process improvement, etc. We are hungry for success stories we can take back to our teams & colleagues, for positive examples we can apply to our work.

To kick things off we've lined up a few success stories in the form of 5-minutes lightning talks. A few people from Shopify, City of Toronto, Ecentricarts, Teranet and more have stepped up already to share their experience with the group. Let's keep this list growing. Meetup group members can either add their name / company in the comments section of the event page or simply speak up at the meetup, it's open mic night at #a11yTO :)

#GAAD has truly become a global event and it is celebrated across the world, from Argentina to Estonia to Japan to South Africa, and many more. Events & more info are announced on Twitter at @gbla11yday and Facebook. Join the conversation using the hashtag: #GAAD.