Global Accessibility Awareness Day – May 17, 2018

Global Accessibility Awareness Day – May 17, 2018

May 16, 2018 12:00 pm Published by

This Thursday, May 17, 2018, is Global Accessibility Awareness Day, or GAAD. The aim of GAAD is to increase awareness about the importance of web accessibility for users with disabilities. Let’s look at the history of GAAD, as well as the two groups of people it involves: web designers and developers, and the disability community:

History of GAAD

Started in 2011, GAAD is a fairly recent Awareness Day that began with a blog post by Joe Devon, a web developer in Los Angeles. Jennison Asuncion, a Toronto-based accessibility expert and professional, came across a tweet from Devon, and that’s when the two teamed up to see this Day come to fruition. The first annual celebration was held on Thursday, May 9, 2011, but that date was tentative. In 2015, the official celebration was moved to the third Thursday in May. Click the link to the GAAD website.

Web designers & developers

The main audience whom GAAD aims to reach is web designers and developers. Because the holiday is centered around creating an accessible web experience for all users, this is the ideal audience as they literally create the sites we visit and the content we see therein. In addition, many in the web development community are not proficient in creating accessible websites, to which the GAAD website offers a Participate tab that offers ideas and tips to make websites so.

Disability community

In recent years, it has become increasingly important to make websites and platforms ADA-compliant. Technologies like screen readers for the blind have been on the rise, making it possible for individuals with disabilities to visit, view, and interact with websites and their content. As developments in website creation are continually rolling out, web accessibility will be that much more important in coming years.


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