Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) is observed annually on the third Thursday of May. It’s an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of digital accessibility and the challenges faced by people with disabilities when it comes to accessing the internet, communications and technology.
Digital accessibility refers to the practice of designing and developing websites, software, and other digital tools in a way that makes them accessible and usable for people with disabilities. This includes people who are blind, deafblind or have low vision and people with neurodiversity, mobility or cognitive impairments.
Ensuring that digital tools are accessible is important because it allows people with disabilities to fully participate in the digital world. This includes accessing information, engaging in online activities, and participating in social and economic opportunities.
GAAD was established to raise awareness about the importance of digital accessibility and to encourage the development of accessible technologies. On this day, individuals and organisations around the world host events and engage in activities to promote digital accessibility and inclusion.
There are many ways to celebrate GAAD. One way is to learn more about digital accessibility and the challenges faced by people with disabilities when it comes to accessing the internet and technology. This could include reading about best practices for designing accessible websites and software, or attending an event or workshop on digital accessibility.
Another way to celebrate this day is to advocate for and support digital accessibility. This could include advocating for policies and regulations that promote accessible technology, supporting businesses and organisations that prioritize accessibility, or simply being an ally and standing up against digital discrimination.
GAAD is a day to recognise and celebrate the importance of digital accessibility and to work towards building a more inclusive and accessible digital world for all. If you’d like to learn more about accessibility, check out the resources on our website: https://blindlowvision.org.nz/resources/.
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