Other 2016 Global Accessibility Awareness Day Activities

Companies, schools, governments and other organizations have been marking Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Thinking of planning a GAAD activity to help us celebrate GAAD's fifth anniversary? Take a look at our 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 activity pages for ideas. E-mail globala11yawarenessday at gmail.com if you have questions or need ideas.

FernUniversität, Hagen Germany

This year, the FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany will participate at the GAAD for the first time. The FernUniversität in Hagen – University of Hagen - is the only state-maintained distance teaching university in the German-speaking countries and regions and is located in the Ruhr area. During the half-day event, participants can attend talks on digital accessibility, studying with a disability, and they can experience what it is like to use computers and the internet with various assitive technology products. The event is open to employees of the FernUniversität in Hagen only.

Read more info about GAAD at FernUniversitätin (in German).

Lakehead University, Thunder Bay Canada

This year 2016, marks Lakehead University's fourth year in participating in Global Accessibility Awareness Day and every year our event gets better and better!! We are excited to host a month full of challenges and activities to get staff, faculty and students to start talking, thinking, and learning about digital accessibility for users with different disabilities.

Read about what they are doing throughout the month of May for GAAD at Lakehead University.

The Open University, United Kingdom

The Open University will be running a range of 10-minute challenges, including:

  • Going mouseless for 10 minutes
  • Running Windows Accessibility Checker on last 2 Word documents created and making the changes suggested
  • Completing a 10-minute training guide on writing alt text/figure descriptions
  • Completing a quiz
  • Finding contact information on our website using a screen reader and the monitor switched off

...and various others. We are offering participants the chance to win Amazon vouchers and participants get their names published in our own OU GAAD role of honour.

Read more about GAAD at the Open University.

University of California San Francisco, USA

The UCSF Digital Accessibility team (Kristian McManus and Marc Sutton) will celebrate GAAD by inviting the university community to attend a number of events: Communicators Network Brown Bag to learn about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) accessibility and users with different abilities; a Digital Accessibility Drop in Clinic; along with a Live screen reader demo.

Read more about GAAD at UCSF.

State of Minnesota, USA

The state of Minnesota, is holding their annual "No Mouse Challenge," complete with stickers, goodies, etc. Accessibility advocates will have tables at various state agencies. The no-mouse site provides links to tons of helpful keyboard shortcuts, as well as to our general state Office of Accessibility site.

Martano, Italy

On May 19th, from 10 am -12 pm, the not-for profit association POIESIS will organise a two hours lesson on accessibility in general and web accessibility to the members of the city council of the city of Martano (Lecce, Italy). For the first time in Italy a whole City Council will become a student, sit and learn about accessibility and web accessibility. The event is organised by POIESIS, a not-for-profit association specialised in cultural accessibility and web accessibility. The live report of the event will be posted on POIESIS's Facebook page

JPMorgan Chase

The JPMorgan Chase Electronic Communications (JPMC) Accessibility Team (eCAT) is proud to host events in support of accessibility awareness across the enterprise. Last year, the employee response at the GAAD event was overwhelmingly positive. This success has motivated us to expand the GAAD event this year to six locations: Wilmington, DE, Columbus, OH, Seattle, WA, Chicago, IL, New York City, NY and San Francisco, CA.

The JPMC GAAD event will feature Keynote speakers Kevin Watters, CEO of Card Services and Joe Devon, Co-founder of GAAD. Other activities will include demonstrations of screen readers and other accessibility technologies as well as Q&A sessions with accessibility experts, developers and designers from within the JPMC enterprise.

Government Digital Service, United Kingdom

Beginning Monday 16 May, we’ll be sharing lots of new blog posts, video and graphics types of content on social media @gdsteam. The general theme of the campaign is to start by taking users on a journey about what we mean by accessibility through to how to make ‘something’ accessible. We’re also planning to live tweet pictures from government events including the first cross-government accessibility community meetup. The week will culminate in a Periscope with Alistair Duggan @dugboticus, Head of Accessibility at GDS on Global Accessibility Awareness Day.

Learn more about GAAD at Government Digital Service UK

University of California Davis, USA

The UC Davis Electronic Accessibility Committee is hosting members of their campus community on Global Accessibility Awareness Day, May 19th, to build awareness and knowledge of digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) accessibility and users with different disabilities. The University of California is committed to providing electronic materials that are accessible to everyone (learn more about the UC electronic accessibility policy). They will be holding a number of events throughout the day.

Learn more about GAAD at UC Davis.

Yahoo celebrates GAAD

On Thursday, May 19, Yahoos everywhere will be celebrating the fifth annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). Yahoo is doing its part to ensure the day will be full of activities that get people talking, thinking and learning about what it means to enable access to digital products. Yahoos at corporate headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA will gather at their Accessibility Lab for a GAAD Open House. Yahoo’s own Sr. Director of Accessibility, Mike Shebanek, will be discussing the future of digital accessibility and the Teach Access initiative at GAAD’s fifth birthday event in San Francisco. Yahoos in the LA area, are participating at the GAAD event sponsored by the LA Accessibility and Inclusive Design group at Team One.

Read more about GAAD at Yahoo.

Expedia Offices Around The World

Expedia, Inc. is celebrating GAAD with various guest speakers and global activities. Offices in Bellevue, WA; San Francisco, CA and London, England will host dedicated programs for accessibility awareness on May 19. We also have built a fun game for our team members! The Journey to Disability Inclusion game is a series of challenges that helps our team members experience the digital world through the eyes of someone with a disability and learn what Expedia is doing to ensure equal access to digital information. Expedia remains committed to providing accessible websites and features for its travel brands, and recognizes the key to doing that is ensuring its employees are well-versed in what goes into building accessible solutions.