Events & Activities

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List of Events & Activities

The following are events and activities the community has created for this year to celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day.

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Accessibility quickscans for not-for-profits and SMEs (Activity)

07 May 2024 – 16 May 2024 | 9:00 AM-9:00 PM Europe/Brussels (Belgium)

To celebrate the Global Accessibility Awareness Day, we’re offering eleven accessibility quickscans for free! We prioritize organizations working with and for disabled individuals and cultural organizations but any European not-for-profit organization or small business (SME) can apply. We’re an agency specialising in accessibility and we will examine the website based on eleven success criteria from the official web accessibility guidelines (WCAG). The quickscan will help you to get an idea what obstacles people with disabilities might encounter when visiting your website. You can apply until the 16th of May:

FREE taster module for the Designing Accessible Learning Content (DALC) Programme (Activity)

14 May 2024 – 13 Jun 2024 | 12:00 AM-5:00 PM Europe/London (Global)

At eLaHub we believe that all learning content should be accessible and inclusive – as the default! Last year to celebrate GAAD we offered free access to the taster module for our Designing Accessible Learning Content (DALC) Programme. The taster module, alongside the full DALC Programme launched in November, has been really successful in raising accessibility awareness amongst learning practitioners, providing them with the practical guidance and resources needed to understand how to create accessible and inclusive learning content. To celebrate GAAD this year, for a limited period until 13th June we are once again offering 100 places with free access to the DALC taster module. Delegates who successfully complete the taster will earn an official Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certificate worth 90 minutes of CPD – a great way to demonstrate your commitment to more accessible and inclusive learning content!

Salesforce talks about AI and Accessibility (Activity)

14 May 2024 – 17 May 2024 | 12:00 AM-12:00 PM America/New_York (United States of America)

At Salesforce, the Product Accessibility and Inclusive Design (PAID), Office of Accessibility, and Abilityforce team are excited to host a number of events honoring GAAD. We’ll be hosting a fireside chat with Paula Goldman, EVP of Ethical and Humane Use of Technology, and Dr. Victor Santiago Pineda, serial social impact entrepreneur and disability rights advocate, on Inclusive Innovation with AI. They’ll discuss how AI can be leveraged to create accessible solutions for people with disabilities, the role of inclusive design in AI development, and what new technical capabilities and opportunities are emerging as a result of inclusive AI. Continuing our conversations with AI, we’re offering a roundtable discussion on AI & Accessibility, with special guest Mike Hess, founder and executive director of Blind Institute of Technology and last year’s Dreamforce Golden Hoodie winner. This session will be moderated by Catherine Nichols, VP of the Office of Accessibility and include Jacqui Tolisano, Senior Director of Product Accessibility, Kris Woolery, Director of Inclusive Design on the Responsible AI in Tech team, Orlando Lugo, Product Manager for Ethical & Humane Use and AI Council member, Patrick Hermiller, Senior Product Designer on the AI Trust team, and Mike Raabe, Abilityforce President We have employees with disabilities hosting an informal Ask Me Anything: Disability Edition. Adam Rodenbeck, Senior Digital Accessibility Engineer, Alicia Schriever, President of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing chapter of Abilityforce, Brooke Eby, ISV Principle Business Development Manager, and Carden Wyckoff, Principal Accessibility Support Engineer will talk about disability etiquette, different models that shape the way people approach disability, and answer burning questions in an interactive conversation. From Tuesday through Thursday, Salesforce employees globally are excited to be working with Be My Eyes, an organization that connects blind and low-vision users who want sighted assistance with volunteers.

Release dark mode as beta feature to English Wikipedia (Activity)

16 May 2024 | 8:00 AM-6:00 PM America/Los_Angeles (United States of America)

With today a new reading beta feature is released for users of English Wikipedia: Dark Mode. It was one of the most requested features by our communities over the years. Working closely with the communities as part of the new dark mode rollout to improve content accessibility awareness was a crucial part in the process. More language wikis will follow in the next few weeks.

GAAD Ukraine (Activity)

16 May 2024 | 12:00 PM-4:00 PM Europe/Kiev (Lviv, Lviv oblast, Ukraine)

Inclusive IT друзів запрошує на Світовий день обізнаності про доступність. В програмі – обмін досягненнями і досвідом боротьби за доступність в Україні та світі. Ми говоритемо і про вебдоступність, але не лише.

Una imagen NO vale más que mil palabras (Activity)

16 May 2024 | 6:00 PM-11:58 PM (La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina)

El objetivo del evento es dar a conocer a la comunidad de profesionales y familias que trabajan con inclusión de personas con discapacidad la opción de “texto alternativo” en redes sociales como Instagram. Se tomará de referencia la acción llevada acabó en 2023 por AccesBoost Brasil publicada en GAAD. Desde Intres centro de día para jóvenes con discapacidad e IA Consultora impulsamos una acción de impacto en la red social Instagram. Se estará publicando una placa negra con la frase “ESTA PUBLICACIÓN CONTIENE TEXTO ALTERNATIVO” el jueves 16 de mayo 2024,18hs Argentina. La misma poseerá activada esta función y en la bajada se explicará la importancia de su uso y como se puede llevar a cabo. A la acción se estarán sumando ambos equipos y colaboradores de los mismos. Si te interesa participar nos pueden escribir a y así recibir el material

Accessibility day (Activity)

16 May 2024 | 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Europe/Madrid (zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain)

in-person and remote event where we will talk with important companies and public administrations about their approach to the ecosystem of digital products

Windsor Hackforge National AccessAbility Week 2024 (Activity)

16 May 2024 – 01 Jun 2024 | 6:00 PM-8:00 PM America/Toronto (Windsor, Ontario, Canada)

This month Windsor Hackforge is hosting a series of free events focused on accessibility. The programming aims to increase connections between people with disabilities, businesses, technologists, advocacy groups, and the community at large. The full schedule of events has been released on Hackforge’s website (, and features topics such as accessible website design, AODA compliance, and the role technology plays in an inclusive society. Presented as interactive workshops, tutorials, and discussions. To kickoff this series of events, David Best will present on May 16, Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). In this session we will look at the Ontario open for business economic growth strategy that can help your business reach larger markets.

Learn more about Windsor Hackforge National AccessAbility Week 2024 by Hackforge