Today, 9th May 2013 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day ( GAAD).
Global Accessibility Awareness Day is a community-driven effort whose goal is to focus one day to raise the profile of digital ( web, software, mobile applications, devices, touch screen kiosk etc.) accessibility and people with different disabilities. The purpose of the day is to get people talking,thinking and learning about digital accessibility and users with different disabilities.
The target audience of the GAAD is the design,development, usability and related community who build, shape, fund and influence technology and its use. While people may be interested in the topic of making technology accessible and usable by people with disabilities the reality is they may not know how or where to start.
There are many different things happening all over the world today to mark the day, please click this link: https://www.facebook.com/globalaccessibilityawarenessday/info to find out what is happening in your part of the world.
You can follow what is happening throughout the day on Twitter, the hashtag is #GAAD. People will also be blogging about the events throughout the day for example this blog from New Zealand: http://accessibility.net.nz/blog/digital-access-to-tertiary-education-gaad-day/
This initiative all began with a blog post written by Los Angeles based technologist, Joe Devon which started a conversation about this topic and culminated in the creation of Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Please click here to read this blog post.
For more information please visit the website www.globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org