Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Until May 20, 2021
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Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Thursday, May 20, 2021, help us celebrate the tenth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)! The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion, and the more than One Billion people with disabilities/impairments.

What is Digital Accessibility?

Every user deserves a first-rate digital experience on the web. Someone with a disability must be able to experience web-based services, content and other digital products with the same successful outcome as those without disabilities. This awareness and commitment to inclusion is the goal of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), a global event that shines a light on digital access and inclusion for people with disabilities.

State of Accessibility

In 2020, WebAIM analyzed one million home pages for accessibility issues and found the following:

According to WebAIM Million Report

  • 98.1% Home Pages With At Least One WCAG 2.0 Failure
  • 60.9 Average Number of Errors Per Home Page
Causes of Most Common Accessibility Failures (% of Home Pages)

Population Affected By Inaccessibility

From both a civil rights and a business perspective, people with disabilities are underserved by today’s digital products.

1 Billion People Worldwide Have Disabilities

Common Disabilities/​Impairments

  • Visual

    People who are blind need alternative text descriptions for meaningful images and use the keyboard and not a mouse to interact with interactive elements.

  • Hearing

    People who are deaf or hard of hearing will need captioning for video presentations and visual indicators in place of audio cues.

  • Motor

    People with motor impairments may need alternative keyboards, eye control or some other adaptive hardware to help them type and navigate on their devices.

  • Cognitive

    An uncluttered screen, consistent navigation and the use of plain language would be useful for people with different learning disabilities/impairments.

Accessibility Removes Barriers and Unlocks the Possible

Here are some examples of how inclusive design and development can impact lives.

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Cognitive Accessibility- Jamie Knight & Lion

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James Learns About Apple’s Take on Accessibility

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Justin Finds a Voice Through Inclusive Technology

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Rikki Explains How Apple Accessibility Helps Her

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Ways You Can Help