Introduction

Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2021

Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2021

Thursday, May 20, 2021, marks the tenth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD).
The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access/inclusion and people with different disabilities.

What is Digital Accessibility?
Every user deserves a first-rate digital experience on the web. Someone with a disability must be able to experience web-based services, content and other digital products with the same successful outcome as those without disabilities. This awareness and commitment to inclusion is the goal of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), a global event that shines a light on digital access and inclusion for people with disabilities.

1 Billion People Worldwide Have Disabilities!

Accessibility Removes Barriers and Unlocks the Possible!

Common Disabilities/Impairments

Visual
People who are blind need alternative text descriptions for meaningful images and use the keyboard and not a mouse to interact with interactive elements.
Hearing
People who are deaf or hard of hearing will need captioning for video presentations and visual indicators in place of audio cues.

Motor
People with motor impairments may need alternative keyboards, eye control or some other adaptive hardware to help them type and navigate on their devices.

Cognitive
An uncluttered screen, consistent navigation and the use of plain language would be useful for people with different learning disabilities/impairments.

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