GAAD Events

Thinking of holding an in-person or virtual event to mark GAAD and inviting the public to take part? Take a look at our 2012, 2013 and 2014 event pages for ideas. Remember that as of 2015, we will be marking GAAD on the third Thursday of May. E-mail globala11yawarenessday at if you have questions or need ideas.

In-Person Events on May 21 2015

Virtual Events on May 21 2015

Fix the Web Launches Film for GAAD

Fix the Web will launch a short animation film that:
1. Introduces the topic of digital accessibility, and
2. Provides 15 tips to help people creating websites, apps, software and documents improve the accessibility of their technology.

You can watch a promotional clip from the digital accessibility video on YouTube, and Fix the Web are asking people to sign up to a 'thunderclap' campaign to 'Make Technology Work for All'. This will send a scheduled post to social media, linking to the full film, on May 21st.

The film will be tweeted by English comedian, actor, writer and presenter Stephen Fry - who has a twitter following of over 9 million! Fix the Web are aiming to encourage 10,000 people to learn about digital accessibility through the film and an associated publicity campaign."

Shaw Trust Accessibility Services Free User Test

Shaw Trust Accessibility Services is supporting GAAD with Shaw Trust's Accessibility Service offering free website user test for organisations to check how accessible their website is against industry standards (WCAG 2.0). We are offering the user test to three successful applicants that contact us which will be drawn on 22nd May 2015.

Learn more about Shaw Trust Accessibility Services' Free User Test

IDPP Hosts Global Conversation on Accessibility Awareness

On May 20 2015 from 8:00pm-9:00pm US ET (21 May morning in ASEAN and Asia Pacific), join the Institute on Disability and Public Policy for the ASEAN Region for a Global Conversation on Accessibility Awareness. This year. Open to the public, the global conversation brings together the IDPP network and various groups to share best practices, lessons learned, and effective strategies to raise awareness of accessibility at the global, regional, national and local levels. Participants are invited to share their own experiences, as well as learn about IDPP's research projects and awareness-raising activities with its university and outreach partners, and government officials from across the ASEAN region, the US, and around the world.

Join the Global Conversation on Accessibility Awareness

D2L Webinars

D2L will host a webinar each on May 20 and May 21.

May 20 - Equal Access to Education: How Universal Design for Learning can Improve Learning Outcomes In this webinar, attendees will hear from two institutions (the UDL Committee at Ryerson University and The Virtual High School) about their experience with UDL, particularly in online learning, and how they have found it to benefit all students. Participants will hear about: Register for Equal Access to Education: How Universal Design for Learning can Improve Learning Outcomes (May 20)

May 21 - Five Easy Wins for Making your Brightspace Courses more Accessible to Students with Disabilities. This webinar will provide five simple techniques for improving the accessibility of courses offered in the Brightspace Learning Environment.

Register for Five Easy Wins for Making your Brightspace Courses more Accessible to Students with Disabilities (May 21)

Five Deque Systems GAAD Events

As part of GAAD, Deque Systems will offer: Free YouTube Webinars on Accessibility, an Accessibility Bug Bash, Free Web and App Consultations, Accessibility Seminars and Demos at Deque India, and launching the Accessibility 101 App for Android devices.

Learn more about Deque Systems five GAAD Events

Inclusive Design 24

The Paciello Group and Adobe Systems are sponsoring Inclusive Design 24. The event will once again feature 24-hours of virtual talks with a11y pros on a variety of digital accessibility topics, aimed at everyone involved in launching digital experiences.

Keep up-to-date on the Inclusive Design 24 schedule as it comes together.

Introduction to Digital Accessibility (in Danish)

Why is web accessibility important? What are the typical accessibility problems on websites - and what can I do to avoid creating them on my own website? These are some of the questions Diversa will answer in their free webinar in Danish May 21st at 11:00-12:00 (CET).

Register for Diversa's free webinar in Danish

Free Document Testing From Accessibility Partners

On May 21, tweet @Access_Partners, Facebook message, or e-mail ( your URL or attachment and they will audit the one-page document at absolutely no charge.

Learn more about Acessibility Partners and their GAAD offer

10 Tips for Creating Accessible Web Content with WCAG 2.0

Join 3Play Media for this free webinar May 21, 2015 at 2pm - 3pm ET. Web accessibility is a hot topic right now, with lawsuits, a Section 508 refresh, and the impending requirements of WCAG 2.0 fresh on people's minds. In this webinar, Janet Sylvia, the Digital Media Professional Specialist and leader of the Web Accessibility Group at University of Georgia, will walk you through 10 tips for creating accessible websites following the international standard WCAG 2.0.

Register for 3Play Media's Webinar

InclusiveLN of the International Society for Technology in Education Tweetchat

The InclusiveLN of the International Society for Technology in Education will be conducting a social media Tweetchat activity on May 21st at 9am EST and 9pm EST using the hashtag #GAADILN.* As part of this activity, they will be sharing images through social media channels, i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn that depict ways technology is used to promote accessibility. We could use your help! We need different images as examples for this activity. Images could be photographs or screenshots of tools in action. Send your images to Dr. Susie Gronseth at Please provide your Twitter name (or other social media link), a brief explanation of what the picture is portraying and the country in which it was taken. Visit this Pinterest site to examples. FYI: Photographic/Media consent form can be found here.