Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2018

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This year’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) – May 17th, 2018 – is the seventh annual GAAD, an event started by Joe Devon and Jennison Asuncion to help bring awareness to digital accessibility. The target audience for this international holiday are designers, developers, or related communities that build websites, applications or mobile apps. Deque is proud to have multiple awareness events to help educate and raise awareness about digital accessibility, find out how you can get involved!

Live Webinar: Intro to Screen Readers

On May 17th (GAAD), Steve Sawczyn, Solutions Architect at Deque Systems, will demonstrate how he uses a screen reader to navigate the web. In celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), this fundamentals-based webinar will provide developers, designers, business users or anyone new to digital accessibility a first-hand experience of how people who are visually impaired navigate the web.

In this webinar you will:

  • Experience a screen reader simulation first-hand
  • Understand how a screen reader navigates a web page
  • Hear how a screen reader announces the content on a page
  • Discover common design barriers that trap or make the web inaccessible to persons using assistive technologies
  • An introduction to accessibility testing with screen readers

SAVE YOUR SEAT

Video Awareness Activities

Accessibility Stories: Celebrate GAAD

Contribute to this year’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day by sharing your story. Top submissions will make it into an awesome compilation video that will be shared on May 17th (GAAD) to help spread awareness to those who are new to accessibility.

Submit a 2-3 minute video answering the questions below by Wednesday, May 16th at 11:59 PM EST:

  • What assistive technology do you use?
  • What is the most frustrating thing you encounter when using the web?
  • What is one thing you wish the majority of people understood about accessibility and its impact on your daily life?

To submit your video, please fill out the form with your video link or email your video to marketing@deque.com. The top video submissions will be included in our GAAD 2018 Accessibility Story compilation and featured on the Deque website and social media. Qualifying submissions will receive a sweet pair of Deque branded socks and will be entered for a chance to win a Birksun solar backpack!

Keyboard Accessibility Challenge: Participate in GAAD

Contribute to this year’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day by sharing your story. Be a part of the change by trying to complete daily tasks on your computer by only using your keyboard (i.e. not using your trackpad or mouse) for a half an hour. Top submissions will make it into an awesome compilation video that will be shared on May 17th (GAAD) to help spread awareness to those who are new to accessibility.

Submit a 2-3 minute video answering the questions below by Wednesday, May 16th at 11:59 PM EST:

  • What daily task or activity did you try to complete?
  • What is the most frustrating or surprising thing you encountered when attempting to complete this task?
  • How will this insight change the way you build content, websites, or mobile apps?

To submit your video, please fill out the form with your video link or send your video to marketing@deque.com. The top video submissions will be included in our GAAD 2018 Accessibility Challenge compilation and featured on the Deque website and social media. Qualified submissions will receive a sweet pair of Deque branded socks and will be entered for a chance to win an Arlo Pro Wireless Security System!

Local Meetups: Seattle and Ann Arbor

If you’re in the Seattle or Ann Arbor area, come to your local meetup to learn from your peers in-person.

Seattle Accessibility Meetup

In Seattle, locals are coming together as a community to share ideas and get inspired. On May 17th, at 6:00-8:30 PM, join this local meetup at Expedia headquarters in Seattle to learn about web accessibility perspectives and techniques from other Meetup members and make new friends.

There will be talks from Sarah Higley on Using the Google Maps API to display accessible data, Richard Ladner on Accessible K-12 Computer Science Education, and Jonathan Pool on Geezerproofing the Web.

Ann Arbor Accessibility Meetup

Likewise, Ann Arbor is hosting its own accessibility meetup from 6:00-8:00 PM. Join this local meetup at Duo Security in Ann Arbor to celebrate GAAD.

There will be two presentations: “Making Accessibility Happen,” which will discuss how to advocate for accessibility, and “Intro to the axe Browser Extension,” which will teach attendees how to start performing some basic accessibility testing.

Deque India: aXe Hackathon

Address: Cyber Conventions – Hitex Road, Near Meenakshi Sky Lounge, Izzath Nagar, Kondapur, Hyderabad, Telangana 500084

Our team in Deque India in Hyderabad is hosting an aXe hackathon on May 17th. This hackathon intends to raise awareness about how attendees can integrate our opensource accessibility API (aXe) into their own framework. This hackathon is intended for:

  •  Business leaders, willing to implement accessibility in a cost-effective way.
  •  Project/product managers, wanting to improve the productivity of their team by reducing cycles of accessibility testing.
  • Quality Assurance engineers, trying to automate test cases and reduce the effort of manual testing.
  •  Developers, looking for automation tools and APIs while unit testing.

Our team of experts and subject matter experts would love to assist you in integrating this free API to help make you and your team more productive during your software development lifecycle. aXe integrates with any framework that can execute Javascript.

Register for aXe Hackathon

Summary

There’s a lot of ways to get involved in this year’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Whether you’re going to participate in an organized event or celebrate by partaking in awareness activities on your own, it is important to remember that the more developers and designers that are aware and care about accessibility, the more web pages and applications will be inclusive for all.

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