Global Accessibility Awareness Day (MAY 15 2014) is a community-driven effort whose goal is to dedicate one day to raising the profile of and introducing the topic of digital (web, software, mobile app/device etc.) accessibility and people with different disabilities to the broadest audience possible.
There are lots of ways to participant, see some of the Virtual Events below,
In addition to in-person events, virtual events are being organized. We are adding events so keep checking back as May 15 gets closer.
Click each event to learn what is planned and how to register.
Inclusive Design 24
To mark GAAD, The Paciello Group will be holding 24 one-hour webinars on all things accessibility. The sessions range from beginner-to-advanced and are aimed at everyone from executives to web developers.
Learn more and register for one or more Inclusive Design 24 webinars
Register for Free on May 15 for Siteimprove Web Accessibility Certification Courses
To celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Siteimprove will be offering its Web Accessibility Certification courses in their non-technical track for free. This free offer is only valid for those who register on May 15. While you need to register on May 15, you do not have to complete the non-technical track on May 15.
Learn more and register for Siteimprove’s free offer
Social Media Accessibility Google+ Live Hangout
Join Danya International on May 15, 2014 at 11AM EST, for a 1-hour Google+ Live Hangout to discuss social media accessibility on Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Moderated by Jennifer Smith, their in-house accessibility strategist, expert panelists will discuss how to make current platforms more accessible, as well as how we should approach developing new platforms.
Register for the Danya International Google+ Live Hangout
Web Accessibility Tools In Action Webinar
Desire2Learn’s Sean Yo is hosting a webinar called Web Accessibility Tools In Action on May 15 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM EST.
Register for Desire2Learn’s webinar
Free FREE 15 Minute Accessibility Snapshot Critique of Your Digital Content via Skype
In appreciation of Global Accessibility Awareness Day on 15th May 2014, The Digital Accessibility Centre are offering free accessibility critique on any of your digital content via Skype. Join us on Skype where their user testing team will remotely show you bite-sized critique on any aspect of your digital estate using different assistive technologies to interact with your site or app.
Do not delay in reserving your space for this free session with Digital Accessibility Centre
40% discount on the Book A Web for Everyone
Rosenfeld Media is offering a generous (40%) discount on the book A Web for Everyone in celebration of GAAD. This discount is only available on May 15.
Learn how to obtain the Rosenfeld Media discount
Free 30-day access to Accessibility Fundamentals Course
Deque Systems is marking GAAD by providing access to a course in their online training library, Deque University called Accessibility Fundamentals. This offer is only valid on May 15.
Learn more about this free 30-day Deque University offer
Global Accessibility Awareness Day: Global Accessibility Review Webinar
Join AbilityNet and an international network of accessibility specialists in celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day. You will hear from accessibility experts from around the world, talking about their current concerns and future trends, including:
- How can WCAG respond to the growth of the Internet of Things?
- How will an apparent growth in accessibility-related litigation in the USA impact on other countries?
- The take up of digital TV in Australia
- Accessible social media
- and much more.
Learn more and sign up for this free AbilityNet Webinar (1-2pm BST, Thursday 15 May)
Multiple Perspectives on Implementing Web Accessibility in Higher ED May 14
In the lead-up to GAAD, join George Mason University’s Assistive Technology Initiative for this 90-minute webinar on May 14 where accessibility professionals in higher education and the federal government will engage in an interactive discussion on strategies for addressing web accessibility challenges on their respective institutions.
Learn more and register for the May 14 AccessibleMason Webinar
Test the accessibility of your prospectus
Join Jisc TechDis May 15 for this online workshop to learn how to test the accessibility of your organisation’s prospectus. This practical and interactive session, will take you through 5 basic checks.
Learn more and register for the Jisc TechDis webinar
Get a One-Minute or Less Video Captioned Free
To mark GAAD, CaptioningWORKS.com is offering captioning of one-minute videos until May 15.
Get more information about this free captioning offer
Answer and Win with BarrierBreak on May 15
BarrierBreak recently launched a website on Accessible Media, as an initiative towards making videos accessible to all. To mark GAAD they will be holding contests on their facebook page around accessible media. Answer simple questions and you get a chance to win BarrierBreak gift vouchers.
Check BarrierBreak’s Facebook page on May 15
Free quick accessibility review on May 15
Kimberley Tew is offering to provide a free, quick assessment of a website or app of your choosing on May 15. It won’t be an in-depth report or a guide to how to fix the problems but it will be a pointer to where you could make some improvements that you can then take away and consider how you could fix any problems.
Learn more about how to get this free review
Accessibility Jam May 11 to June 4
Game Jolt is hosting a virtual Accessibility Jam from May 11 to June 1 to coincide with GAAD. The goal of this jam is to raise awareness, giving developers knowledge and experience of how to make mainstream video games accessible to gamers with disabilities, to provide good examples of what’s possible, and move accessibility towards being widely accepted good practice in the game design process.
Participate in Accessibility Jam May 11 to June 1
Adding Value to your Organization with Inclusion of People with Disabilities
Canon USA will host this educational webinar on May 15th (2:00PM – 3:00PM EST) featuring Debra Ruh (CEO, RuhGlobal) a global disability inclusion and accessibility advocate as our guest speaker. In this webinar, Debra Ruh will define the PwD market, highlight key market trends taking place in the PwD community, and outline the business case for hiring PwD. This will be followed by a short presentation from Canon describing our solutions which can help make technology more accessible to office workers.
Register for this Canon USA webinar