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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Accesibility Day. Inclusión Digital (Virtual)

16 Apr 2024 | 12:00 PM-2:00 PM Europe/Madrid (Madrid, Madrid, Spain)

In this event, different experts will talk about different topics related with Digital Accessibility. Afra will demonstrate that accessibility webs and apps benefit everyone (not only people with disabilities). Moreover, Alberto will explain different invents that have appear to solve accessibility problems. Silvia and Susana will talk about cognitive accessibility patterns. We will also have a demonstration of a blind person using a web and an app.

Learn more about Accesibility Day. Inclusión Digital by MTP

HD Impulse: Untertitel in Videos erstellen: Barrierefrei(er) ist nützlich für (Virtual)

13 May 2024 | 12:00 AM-1:30 PM Europe/Berlin (Köln, Germany)

Der Workshop richtet sich an alle interessierten Lehrenden von NRW-Hochschulen. Die Teilnahme ist anrechenbar auf das NRW-Zertifikat „Professionelle Lehrkompetenz für die Hochschule“. Sie lernen das Open-Source-Programm „Subtitle Edit“ kennen, in das die KI-gestützte Spracherkennung „Whisper“ integriert ist. Mit diesem Programm habt ihr die Möglichkeit, Videos automatisch zu untertiteln. Wichtig: Der Vorschlag muss eventuell nachbearbeitet werden und anschließend exportiert werden. Dann kann das untertitelte Video z. B. auf ILIAS, in Ihren Kurs, hochgeladen werden. Diese Schritte gehen wir gemeinsam durch. Zum Global Accessibilty Awareness Day (kurz GAAD) am 16. Mai 2024 organisiert das Kompetenzzentrum digitale gemeinsam mit verschiedenen NRW-Hochschulen unterschiedliche Aktionen zu verschiedenen Themen der digitalen Barrierefreiheit. Das Kompetenzentrum digitale ist ein Projekt der digitalen Hochschule NRW (, die Konsortialführung liegt bei DoBuS an der TU Dortmund. Es berät Hochschulen in NRW im Bereich der digitalen Barrierefreiheit und vernetzt die Akteure auf der Arbeitsebene.

Learn more about HD Impulse: Untertitel in Videos erstellen: Barrierefrei(er) ist nützlich für by Universität zu Köln

GAAD 2024: NRW-Hochschulen – gemeinsam barrierefrei (Virtual)

13 May 2024 – 17 May 2024 | 12:00 AM-1:00 PM Europe/Berlin (Germany)

Der Global Accessibilty Awareness Day (kurz GAAD): Seit 2012 findet er immer am dritten Donnerstag im Mai statt – in diesem Jahr am 16. Mai. An diesen Tag werden international verschiedene Aktionen zur Umsetzung der digitalen Barrierefreiheit durchgeführt. Dies reicht von Clean-up Aktionen, unterschiedlichen Workshop-Formaten oder Tagungen mit Input zu Themen der digitalen Barrierefreiheit. Im vergangenen Jahr hat das Kompetenzzentrum dazu gemeinsam mit einen Makerspace zu Alternativtexten durchgeführt. Hieraus ist der Leitfaden für die Schulungen zu Alternativtexten entstanden. In diesem Jahr möchten wir die Maßnahmen des Kompetenzzentrums noch weiter fassen und planen für jedes unserer Handlungsfelder mit den Hochschulen aus unseren Netzwerken gemeinsame Aktionen. Verschiedene Workshops: 1. 13. Mai 2024 von 12:00 bis 13:30 Uhr | HD Impulse: Untertitel in Videos erstellen: Barrierefrei(er) ist nützlich für alle (online) 2. 16. Mai 2024 von 10:00 bis 11:00 Uhr | Kurz-Workshop zum GAAD | Barrierefreiheit im Web für Redakteur*innen (online) 3. 16. Mai 2024 von 11:00 bis 12.00 Uhr | Einstieg in die digitale Barrierefreiheit (online) 4. 16. Mai 2024 von 13:00 bis 14:00 Uhr | Studieren mit Lese-Rechtschreib-Schwäche – Tools und Angebote für Ihr Studium (online) 5. 17. Mai 2024 von 09:00 bis 13:00 Uhr | Alternativtexte in Lehr-Lernmaterialien: Einstieg in digitale Barrierefreiheit (online)

Learn more about GAAD 2024: NRW-Hochschulen – gemeinsam barrierefrei by Kompetenzzentrum digitale

Virtua11y: the free, virtual accessibility and digital inclusion conference (Virtual)

14 May 2024 – 16 May 2024 | 10:00 AM-4:00 PM Europe/London (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)

Virtua11y is Nomensa’s free web accessibility and inclusivity conference taking place over three days from 14-16th May 2024. Virtua11y brings the leading thinkers and doers in accessibility and digital inclusion to share best practices, the latest thinking, and what the future holds for accessibility. Hear groundbreaking talks from speakers such as Derek Featherstone, Natalie Patrice Tucker, Alastair Campbell, and many more from the world of accessibility and inclusive design.

Learn more about Virtua11y: the free, virtual accessibility and digital inclusion conference by Nomensa

Ensuring an Inclusive & Accessible Green Transition (Virtual)

15 May 2024 | 1:00 PM-2:30 PM Europe/Madrid (Spain)

Join us on May 15, 2024 from 1.00 till 2.30 CEST, for a special pre-event to Global Accessibility Awareness Day, titled “Ensuring an Inclusive & Accessible Green Transition.” This online event will explore strategies to make the green transition inclusive and accessible for everyone. Achieving sustainability requires that environmental initiatives are available to everyone, particularly those often marginalized. Our webinar will not only tackle significant environmental issues but also emphasize the importance of including diverse groups like indigenous communities and people with disabilities in these discussions. The event aims to promote an inclusive dialogue, amplifying diverse voices to ensure comprehensive participation in environmental matters. We will showcase practical, accessible solutions from projects like GreenSCENT, ClearClimate, GreenTeens, Accting, Rethink Action, and I-CHANGE, which aims, through practical actions and tools, to promote an inclusive and accessible green transition for all. Don’t miss this opportunity to join a movement toward an environmentally aware and accessible world!

Learn more about Ensuring an Inclusive & Accessible Green Transition by Transmedia Catalonia, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Improve Bitcoin Wallet Accessibility (Virtual)

16 May 2024 | 9:00 AM-6:00 PM Europe/Berlin (Germany)

Our first event for accessibility day last year worked out great, so we’ll continue on in 2024 with hands-on improvements to the accessibility of bitcoin software used in the wild. We’re still planning, but will likely have an introductory work-session and then facilitate test, review, and report sessions. Everyone is invited to join us, see the event page for details (will be updated as the day comes closer).

Learn more about Improve Bitcoin Wallet Accessibility by Bitcoin Design Community

Free GAAD Workshop: Stem to Stern Accessibility (Virtual)

16 May 2024 | 9:00 AM-4:00 PM America/New_York (Davidsonville, MD, United States of America)

In celebration of GAAD, join us for an all-day workshop, Stem to Stern Accessibility. Whether you work in a large or small organization, follow an agile or waterfall process, are experienced or just starting out, this workshop will guide you toward reliably developing accessible and usable products. This workshop is structured to be inclusive and engaging to all skill sets and levels. Through a mix of lecture and highly interactive group work, this workshop covers everything from the beginning to the end in developing a high quality, accessible product. This includes product requirements, procurement, design, development, release, maintenance, and support.

Learn more about Free GAAD Workshop: Stem to Stern Accessibility by AFixt

University of Minnesota Global Accessibility Awareness Day (Virtual)

16 May 2024 | 9:30 AM-3:15 PM America/Chicago (United States of America)

You are invited to register for UMN Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on May 16, 2024. In coordination with people and institutions around the globe, join us for an online event based on the theme of Built Without Barriers. UMN GAAD 2024 will include a keynote presentation from Ashley Shew, Associate Professor at Virginia Tech and author of the book Against Technoableism. There will also be several breakout sessions in 4 broad tracks: Digital Content, Organizational Success, Community & Partners, and Teaching & Learning. Visit the GAAD event website to register and for more information about the day’s events.

Learn more about University of Minnesota Global Accessibility Awareness Day by University of Minnesota

GAAD Japan 2024 (Virtual)

16 May 2024 | 9:45 AM-7:00 PM Asia/Tokyo (Japan)

This one-day online seminar will feature 8 sessions and 5 lightning talks on digital accessibility for the web, mobile, gaming, and more. Public viewing will also be held in Fukuoka and Nagoya. Real-time captions and automatic translation of captions for your language will be available.

Learn more about GAAD Japan 2024 by GAAD Japan

A Virtual Conversation with Alice Wong (Virtual)

16 May 2024 | 10:00 AM-11:00 AM America/Los_Angeles (United States of America)

Workday’s Product Accessibility Team and the People with Disabilities EBC presents a celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)! This year, Workday is celebrating GAAD by hosting a virtual conversation with disability activist, writer, media maker, and consultant, Alice Wong. Alice lost her ability to speak last year, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t still have a lot to say. Register now to learn more about Alice’s disability advocacy, views on digital accessibility, the importance of community in combating ableism, and more.

Learn more about A Virtual Conversation with Alice Wong by Workday

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