Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) with Deque

May 16th, 2024

Global Accessibility Awareness Day is a great way to learn about accessibility. Join Deque's free, virtual events to celebrate this accessibility holiday!

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What is GAAD?

May 16th, 2024 marks the 13th annual celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). GAAD started with a single blog post written by a Los Angeles-based web developer, Joe Devon, and Jennison Asuncion, an accessibility professional from Toronto. This accessibility holiday is a global event that helps drive awareness for those who are new to accessibility.

Deque is excited to bring participants of GAAD a variety of free, virtual events to drive awareness for building inclusive technology and digital accessibility. Be sure to also check out our Deque University Scholarship for People with Disabilities and free tools and resources!

Tips for making the most of GAAD

Every accessibility bug removed makes a difference. Take the time to celebrate and reflect on all the accessibility barriers you’ve removed or prevented. Share your success far and wide. As more folks are exposed to your progress, your movement will expand.

GAAD is the biggest “accessibility holiday” of the year. Use it wisely to expose new audiences to this critically important work. Awareness is still one of the biggest blockers in this industry and this is your opportunity to educate your network.

Using GAAD to drive training deadlines is a highly effective strategy across many organizations. Bring your colleagues to an event of your own, coordinate webinar watch parties or pay a Pro to offer formalized training.

Digital accessibility is continuously evolving. The maturity of tools and accessibility practices has improved vastly, even in the past year. Consider using GAAD as a driving force to try something new to improve your coverage, culture or efficiency.

Special offer

20% off standard Instructor-led training in May!

Need accessibility training for your organization? We offer on-site and virtual training led by accessibility expert training staff.

Whether you are looking for foundational understanding of disabilities and accessibility, custom training, or working to build role-specific skills sets, we have the course for you. 

*Sign your team up any time in May and take the courses before August 31st, 2024.

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Deque University Scholarship for People with Disabilities

Deque’s online accessibility courses are FREE for individuals with disabilities. We do this to reduce barriers to people with disabilities in education and in the workplace, and to encourage people with disabilities to enter accessibility-related professions. If you have a disability, you qualify for a scholarship to access to Deque’s in-depth web accessibility curriculum for a full year (normally $250) at no cost! 

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