Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day: A roundup of accessibility resources

Global Accessibility Awareness DayRecall 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 (and a few extras) to help you mark the occasion, and take part in making the digital world a more accessible place!


NTEN:Change Journal – Digital Inclusion and Technical Divides

Community Discussions:

Mobile apps with a focus on accessibility

Cloud computing companies and ADA compliance

501 Tech Club Presentations:

Web Accessibility 101 from Brett Meyer at PDX Tech4Good December 2014

Web Accessibility and You from Dave Minton at NCTech4Good May 2014

15NTC Presentations:

And be sure to check out just a few of the NTEN members doing accessibility work:

Finally, here are a few other resources you may want to bookmark:

Follow the #gaad hashtag and check out the many virtual and in-person GAAD events you can take part in on May 21!

How are you/your organization going to commemorate this day? Let us know in the comments.