The tenth annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) is this Thursday, May 20th.
GAAD was launched to highlight the need for increased digital accessibility by getting people talking, thinking, and learning about digital access and inclusion for all and, more importantly, people with different abilities and talents.
Approximately 15 percent of the world’s population have a disability, according to the World Health Organization, which means that more than one billion people could face daily challenges when using digital devices.
What is Accessibility?
Accessibility is the ability of a website/mobile app/electronic document to be easily navigated and understood by the widest range of users possible, including people with visual, auditory, speech, motor, neurological or cognitive disabilities.
Note that accessibility is not a discrete feature of a website, tool, or app. It’s an on-going aspect of a managed process made up of many intentional design and development decisions, based on real-world practice, institutional policy, public standards, and awareness of the diversity of user experiences.
Why Accessibility Matters
The World Wide Web is an increasingly important resource in many aspects of life: government information and services, education and training, commerce, news, workplace interaction, civic participation, health care, recreation, entertainment, and more. In some cases, the Web is replacing traditional resources.
Therefore, it is essential that the Web be accessible in order to provide equal access and equal opportunity to people with diverse abilities.
Link to Web accessibility – What does it all mean? (.docx, 17 MB) transcript.
Web accessibility is about eliminating barriers that prevent access to information and functionalities on websites.
How to Participate in GAAD 2021