9 May is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). GAAD is a global community-driven effort whose goal is to dedicate one day to raising the profile of and introducing the topic of digital (web, software, mobile app/device etc.) accessibility and people with different disabilities to the broadest audience possible.
The target audience of GAAD 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. Read the blog post by Joe Devon that inspired GAAD: CHALLENGE: Accessibility know-how needs to go mainstream with developers. NOW.
I’m helping to run the Canberra GAAD event. So if you’re in Canberra on 9 May, please come along to this free event and meet people who are interested in accessibility. More details and registration at the Canberra GAAD event meetup page.
Not in Canberra? Don’t worry – there are lots of events happening around Australia and globally.
Get in touch with the global accessibility community on and around 9 May via the GAAD Facebook page and the Twitter hashtag #GAAD.