Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2017
Accessibility Meetups, Training, and Introducing aXe-core.org
It’s the 3rd Thursday of May, and you know what that means – it’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day! (Or GAAD, for short.) GAAD was started by Los Angeles-based developer Joe Devon and Jennison Asuncion, accessibility expert, leader, and all-around mover and shaker. This is the 6th Global Accessibility Awareness Day to date, and there are events happening all over the world today to raise awareness and support the cause of digital accessibility. For a list of events and additional background, please check out the official Global Accessibility Awareness Day website.
The Deque Team likes to make a good showing for GAAD, and this year we’ve got some pretty exciting stuff lined up…
Accessibility Meetups in Detroit and Seattle
In Detroit, Deque is sponsoring this year’s Refresh Detroit GAAD Meetup. The Meetup is being hosted by Refresh Detroit at Bamboo Detroit – a new co-working space in the middle of downtown. Refresh Detroit is a group of web professionals dedicated to spreading knowledge of web design in Detroit, including web standards, user experience, and accessibility. The event will feature presentations by Deque UX Designer, Caitlin Geier, and Web Developer, Matt Isner. Learn more on the Refresh Detroit event registration page.
Deque Front-End Engineer and Accessibility Evangelist Marcy Sutton has teamed up with the Seattle Area Accessibility and Inclusive Design Meetup to organize a special GAAD event at the Adobe Campus in Fremont. The event features talks by Marcy, Shawn Henning from Deloitte Digital, Wendy Chisholm from Microsoft, and Jack Nicolai from Adobe. Learn more on the Seattle Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2017 registration page.
GAAD at Deque India
The Deque India team has put together a full agenda of free accessibility training and discussion for Global Accessibility Awareness Day. The schedule includes presentations on WCAG 2.1, Design for Equal Access, new developments in the NVDA screen reader, and Native Mobile Accessibility. For the full agenda, check out the GAAD Deque India site.
Last but not least, we are very excited to share our new aXe-core.org website. aXe-core.org was set-up by the aXe development team as a place for aXe and aXe-core API users to learn, connect, explore aXe features, and swap tips and ideas. Of particular note is the aXe Playground.
The Playground is a tool for developers to practice fixing accessibility issues. You can select different examples of code that violate a Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) of your choosing, analyze the code and review the error report, and then fix the code example for a (hopefully) clean report. You can also use the website to submit any questions, comments, or concerns directly to our dev team on the aXe-core Gitter channel.
We hope to feature more content, tutorials, and events in the future, so keep an eye on aXe-core.org.