GAAD Events

Thinking of holding an in-person or virtual event to mark the 7th GAAD and inviting the public to take part? Take a look at our 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 event pages for ideas. E-mail globala11yawarenessday at gmail.com if you have questions or need ideas.

In-Person Events on May 16

Virtual Events on May 16

Siteimprove #OhMyGAAD 7 Day Challenge (starts May 8)

Sign up for this seven-day, email challenge to help promote Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Join thousands around the world and become an accessibility ambassador just in time for the big day!

  1. Sign up and share! Join our seven-day, email challenge to help spread awareness about GAAD. Use the hashtag #OhMyGAAD to join the conversation.
  2. Check your inbox! Starting May 8th, you'll get a daily email challenge delivered to your inbox with information, accessibility resources, and tips about digital accessibility.
  3. Take action and spread the word! To create 1,000 digital accessibility ambassadors in time for GAAD, we'll need your help. Share with your friends and
Sign up for Siteimprove's #OhMyGAAD 7 Day Challenge

The #A11YJAM game jam May 9 - 15

The #A11YJAM game jam is designed to raise awareness of the accessibility barriers encountered by people with disabilities when playing games and encourage developers to design their games with these potential barriers in mind. Participating developers are asked to adapt and improve a game they have made for a previous game jam to overcome an accessibility barrier and make it playable to people who would otherwise have been excluded. If you’re not sure how your game can be improved the #A11YJAM website has a list of suggestions on possible accessibility features to add.

Learn more about and take part in The #A11YJAM game jam May 9-15

BlackBoard Marks GAAD

On Global Accessibility Awareness Day we host a "follow-the-sun" series of webinar about accessibility in education at all levels and all across the globe.

Learn more about BlackBoard's "follow-the-sun" webinars

Level Access ADA Webinar

How—and when—do the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other accessibility laws apply to websites, mobile apps, and other digital content? Join Seyfarth Shaw LLP Partner Kristina Launey and Level Access Chief Accessibility Officer Jonathan Avila as they discuss recent legal developments and court decisions, as well as steps you can take to minimize legal risk and protect your organization.

It's at 2pm ET/11am PT on May 16th.

Register for the Level Access ADA Webinar

BBC Access All Areas

Join us on Thursday 16 May 2019, Global Accessibility Awareness Day, #GAAD, as we showcase the latest assistive technology innovations and inclusive BBC output.

From 10:00am - 4:30pm BST, we will be streaming LIVE from Broadcasting House in London and Quay House in Salford. We want to get you talking, thinking and learning about digital access/inclusion and people with different abilities and talents, whether customers or colleagues. With speakers sharing their expertise and experience on ‘disability confidence’, workplace diversity, TV production, inspiring the next generation, inclusive design, and new technology, there is something for everyone.

Take part in BBC Access All Areas May 16 From 10:00am - 4:30pm BST

Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities Webinar: Digital Accessibility the Invisible Civil Rights Challenge of the 21st Century (May 10)

Often organizations may not know where to go or how to get started in making their websites and technologies accessible for people with disabilities. In celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (May 16), the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities will host a webinar May 10, “Digital Accessibility the Invisible Civil Rights Challenge of the 21st Century.” Join us at 2:00 PM for a panel discussion with Sharron Rush of Knowbility, Glenda Sims of Deque, and Michael More of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. These experts will share common examples of accessibility barriers and solutions, training opportunities to learn more about accessibility, accessibility testing/development tools and resources, answer questions, and share best practice examples for bringing organizations into compliance with accessibility laws and standards.

May 10, 2019 2:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Register for Digital Accessibility the Invisible Civil Rights Challenge of the 21st Century May 10

eSSENTIAL Accessibility Webinar: Who, What & Where: The Facts About VPATs

Join us for this live webinar to learn about the history of VPATs and come away with insights on how to build your own VPAT roadmap. We will answer: What is a VPAT? Do I need one? Who writes it? How long does it take? What are the consequences of not being accessible? The conclusion of the event will feature a QA session.

May 16, 2019 1:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register for eSSENTIAL Accessibility's GAAD webinar May 16

RedShelf Webinar: Born Accessible: Ensuring You're Adopting Accessible Course Materials

On college campuses across the country, only half of the students with accessibility needs register with their DSO. So, how do you ensure your digital course materials are accessible to everyone? This webinar is open to any campus, bookstore or publishing professional who is interested in learning more about accessibility and how it impacts digital course materials.

Thu, May 16, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT

Register for RedShelf's webinar May 16

Finalsite Webinar: How To Promote Accessibility At Your Organization

Learn strategies to start an accessibility initiative at your school. Do you struggle with getting buy-in for web accessibility initiatives from webmasters and/or decision makers at your school or district? Join us as we celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) with a discussion about how to promote accessibility at your organization. We will debunk the common misperceptions of implementing digital accessibility at your school and cover the steps you can take to start an accessibility initiative at your organization.

May 16 @ 1:00 PM EDT

Learn more and register for Finalsite's webinar May 16

The Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL) Virtual Coffee Meeting

We are hosting the May Virtual Coffee Meeting on the Global Accessibility Awareness Day! We are pleased to have Lisa Liskovoi, Inclusive Designer and Digital Accessibility Specialist at the Inclusive Design Research Institute, the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), as a guest speaker. We asked Lisa to talk about the intersection of inclusive design, accessibility, and WCAG requirements. Please join us for an informal discussion about this topic. There is no registration fee or membership requirement for this event.

May 16th, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00 pm (Eastern)

Register for the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL) Virtual Coffee session

San José Costa Rica WordPress Meetup Hosts Hablemos A11D, conversaciones sobre accesibilidad web

A group of Costa Rican accessibility advocates will join the GAAD with an online event called: "Hablemos A11D, conversaciones sobre accesibilidad web". Carlos Murillo, Leonardo Segura Peñaranda, Merary Alvarado y Roberto Remedios will have a conversation about the status of web accessibility in Costa Rica via Facebook Video Chat. We will take questions and expand the message looking to increase local level of awareness.

May 16 7:00 PM Costa Rica Time

Participar en Hablemos A11D, conversaciones sobre accesibilidad web

GA Tech Center for Inclusive Design & Innovation Webinar: Trajectories in Digital Accessibility - Past, Present and Future

The AccessGA and WAG webinar for the month of May is scheduled on Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Our special guest, Dr. Chris Law, is an internationally recognized leader in the area of digital accessibility. The webinar entitled Trajectories in Digital Accessibility (From Past to Present, and Looking to the Future) will be addressing trends in the following areas: Accessibility Testing, Organizational Responses, and Legal Issues. Join us for what is sure to be an information-rich and compelling presentation on digital accessibility trends.

May 16, 2019, 11:00 am ET

Register for Trajectories in Digital Accessibility - Past, Present and Future

Internet Society Accessibility SIG GAAD Webinar - “Digital Accessibility for Persons With Disabilities”

The Internet Society Accessibility Special Interest Group (A11ySIG) will mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2019 (GAAD) with its inaugural public webinar "Digital Accessibility for Persons With Disabilities". A11ySIG founders and special guest Dan York of the Internet Society will introduce the group and discuss this important aspect of the Internet Society's vision that the Internet is for everyone.

May 16 08:00 EDT | 12:00 UTC

Participate using zoom, or catch the livestream