Recall a time when you encountered one of those websites where it was hard to read and navigate. You wanted to get some basic information or perhaps complete a simple transaction, and you ended up spending a lot longer than necessary, or maybe even left the site in frustration. For many people with disabilities, this is a daily reality when they encounter the common problem of non-accessible websites.
In recognition of these challenges, May 21 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). GAAD was conceived four years ago after Joe Devon, a web developer, wrote a blog post reflecting on the lack of information available about web accessibility. He realized that, while many people want to make technology accessible and usable by persons with disabilities, they often do not know how to do so or where to begin. From there, the idea sparked for a global day to get people talking, thinking, and learning about digital accessibility and users with different disabilities.
In honor of GAAD, we’ve rounded up a collection of NTEN resources to help you mark the occasion, and take part in making the digital world a more accessible place!
- How Kickstarter Got Subtitles and Captions by David Peter
- Free Tools to Test Your Nonprofit’s Website for Accessibility by Cindy Leonard
- Beyond the Shuffle: Data Accessibility in the Cloud by Kirsten Kippen
- Case Study of NTEN’s Website Relaunch
- 15 Minutes to Better Website Accessibility by Wiebke Herding
501 Tech Club Presentations:
- Accessibility Awareness for Nonprofits from Nisha Patel and Melissa Townsel
- Test for the Rest: Making a Priority of Accessiblity from Dan Mouyard
And be sure to check out just a few of the NTEN Members doing accessibility work:
- ACL Disability Services
- Disability Rights Wisconsin
- National Disability Institute
- The Arc of the United States
How are you/your organization going to commemorate this day? Let us know in the comments.