Global Accessibility Awareness Day

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Global Accessibility Awareness Day is coming! Thursday, May 9th, is Global Accessibility Awareness Day, and according to GAAD it "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."

The event was started in November 2011 by Joe Devon and Jennison Asuncion, and to mark the day, accessibility professionals and enthusiasts offer in-person and virtual events and activities to raise awareness. Learn more on the GAAD website.

Amaze Deadline Extension

In that spirit, we will be extending the deadline for Amaze Accessibility Grant applications to May 9th. Have you been working on an accessibility technology project? Do you have a plan for improving the user experience of persons with disabilities on the web? Submit it to Deque, and you could be awarded a grant for $10,000 toward developing that project. In addition to receiving the $10,000 grant, the winning applicant will receive a stipend of up to $5,000 to attend the 2014 California State University Northridge's Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference in San Diego (also known as CSUN, dates TBD) and will deliver a presentation on their project.

We've got some other plans for Global Accessibility Awareness Day coming up, so stay tuned...

About 

Caitlin is an "Accessibility Decoder" at Deque Systems. She joined the team back in 2011 and has taken on a variety of roles over the years. These days she spends her time exploring the best ways to communicate accessibility ideas and solutions to the general public.