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In-Person Events on May 9

To mark the day, a number of free in-person public events are being organized in different cities which we encourage you to attend. We are adding cities so keep checking back as the day gets closer.

Click each city to learn what is planned and how to register.

Virtual Events on May 9

Consider attending a virtual event from your desktop.

Webinars and Resources for Promoting Accessible Technology

Christopher Dobson at Harper College’s Center for Innovative Instruction is offering this introductory session targeted at college and university instructional designers, web developers, faculty and other staff working to support the use of technology in education on campus. Christopher will share information on webinars and other online resources available for those just getting started in their understanding of how to make eLearning and other online campus content and ICTs accessible to all students.

The session will run from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM US Central Time on May 9. Space is limited to thirty attendees and is first come first serve. Register to attend by e-mailing your name and your college or university affiliation to virtualsession at gmail.com. Please have Webinars and Resources for Promoting Accessible Technology in the subject line. We will be in touch with information on how to connect to the Blackboard Collaborate session prior to the event.

Free Q&A Call With Derek Featherstone

Internationally recognized web accessibility expert, Derek Featherstone, of Simply Accessible in Ottawa, is marking May 9 by hosting a free Q&A call for people with basic questions about web accessibility to users with disabilities. Register for the free Q&A call taking place Wednesday afternoon (1:30pm to 3:00pm Eastern time - North America, GMT +5). Can’t make the call? Derek is generously making a transcript and recording available if you sign-up.

Thinking of organizing a public event on May 9?

If you already have an existing meeting of a usability, web development or other related meeting/meet-up, why not spend a few minutes:

  • Taking a poll of attendees to find out what people know about accessibility, or
  • bringing up a site or application and unplugging the mouse and operate it using the keyboard alone, or
  • inviting someone with a disability to come in and just talk about their everyday experience using the web, software, mobile apps

If you are planning either an in-person or virtual event to mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day, e-mail globala11yawarenessday at gmail.com so we can promote it here. The event can be big or small, formal or not. Perhaps you might choose to do something at work or school. In any case, if you plan to do something, tell us how you plan to mark the day.

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