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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Facebook-EDF Policy roundtable on the European Accessibility Act (Virtual)

20 May 2021 | 3:00 PM-5:00 PM Europe/Brussels (Belgium)

Accessibility is a human right. It is equal access for persons with disabilities, and a precondition to enjoy independent living and full participation in society. However, it is not easy to include accessibility into legislation, particularly when this relates to the ever-evolving information and communication technologies. This is why the European Accessibility Act (EAA) is an opportunity which cannot be missed.

Join us on the Global Awareness Accessibility Day (GAAD) to discuss, together with representatives from the European Commission and the European Parliament, Member States, standardization bodies, Facebook and the European Disability Forum, the challenges and opportunities of this landmark legislation, with a particular focus on the impact for the digital world.

Learn more about Facebook-EDF Policy roundtable on the European Accessibility Act by The European Disability Forum

Accessibility Testing Insights (Virtual)

20 May 2021 | 3:00 PM-4:00 PM America/New_York (United States of America)

Global Accessibility Awareness Day is coming up on Thursday, May 20th! To celebrate, experts from AudioEye will be hosting a free webinar on Accessibility Testing Insights. In this session, we’ll discuss best practices for manually testing websites, mobile apps and PDF documents. You’ll hear from four speakers, participate in polls and have the chance to win prizes!

Learn more about Accessibility Testing Insights by AudioEye

The Saga of Accessible Contrast, Forms and Non-Text Content (Virtual)

20 May 2021 | 3:00 PM-4:30 PM Asia/Colombo (Colombo, Sri Lanka)

How can you know what colors and contrast are appropriate? How are images identified? How are forms being filled? How can you ensure that people with vision impairments can read your applications? This free webinar will help you realize how colors, forms and non-text content need to be designed and implemented in your application equally for everyone!

Learn more about The Saga of Accessible Contrast, Forms and Non-Text Content by Pearson

CHAT CATCH UP Series – How Accessible Technology helps me! (Virtual)

20 May 2021 | 3:00 PM-4:30 PM Europe/Dublin (Ireland)

Join us for the CHAT CATCH-UP on Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2021 #GAAD2021 The FreedomTech Team are looking forward to hearing from the real AT experts on the 20th of May at 3 pm. Six speakers who use accessible technology will share their personal stories, including the opportunities and challenges of using digital devices for communication, education and work and how support services have changed.

Learn more about CHAT CATCH UP Series – How Accessible Technology helps me! by FreedomTech

Launch of WebABLE.COM (Virtual)

20 May 2021 | 3:00 PM-5:30 PM America/New_York (Sharon, NH, United States of America)

WebABLE™, provider of the digital marketing website for the disabilities community, is launching an automated, news aggregator platform for people with disabilities and businesses who serve them. For GAAD, WebABLE.TV is hosting a special event that includes live guests and the announcement of a new internet TV series, “Champions of Accessibility”.

Learn more about Launch of WebABLE.COM by WebABLE, LLC

Future of Transport: Addressing the Barriers through Innovative Solutions with the TRIPS Project – Part II (Virtual)

20 May 2021 | 3:30 PM-5:00 PM Europe/Brussels (Belgium)

TRIPS proposes a co-design approach that allows people, disabled by inaccessible environments, to take the leading role in designing accessible and useable transport systems. By focusing on the experience and needs of disabled people, we aim to directly address a wide variety of barriers in current urban transport systems. This includes also barriers due to for example age, health, or language.

Learn more about Future of Transport: Addressing the Barriers through Innovative Solutions with the TRIPS Project – Part II by AAATE

Local Guides GAAD 2021 (Virtual)

20 May 2021 – 22 May 2021 | 4:00 PM-6:00 PM Africa/Lagos (Aboh Mbaise, Imo, Nigeria)

As part of our annual event to celebrate GAAD, we will be hosting a virtual meet-up for Local Guides and accessibility champions around the world. We will be speaking with Jennison Asuncion to learn about the impact of GAAD in the last ten years and the gaps that needs to be filled. Local Guides are volunteers who help to add useful information to Google Maps including accessibility information such ramps, elevators, Braille, toilets etc. There are over 150 million Local Guides worldwide.

Learn more about Local Guides GAAD 2021 by One Accessibility Initiative

Accesibilidad en el Comercio Electrónico (Virtual)

20 May 2021 | 4:00 PM-9:30 PM America/Mazatlan (Mexico)

Desde el Observatorio Latinoamericano de la Accesibilidad queremos celebrar el Día Mundial de la Concientización de la Accesibilidad Web #GAAD2021 en un evento online con referentes en accesibilidad de Latam, enfocándonos en el ecommerce. Tendremos un panel con usuarios que nos mostrarán su perspectiva y experiencia en el comercio en línea, luego un panel de expertos conversando sobre los retos de hacer productos accesibles para todos, y 6 charlas de expertos de la industria en accesibilidad.

Learn more about Accesibilidad en el Comercio Electrónico by Observatorio Latinoamericano de Accesibilidad

Accessibility Update (Virtual)

20 May 2021 | 4:00 PM-5:00 PM America/Los_Angeles (United States of America)

CAILA, the Consumer Accessibility Information Label Association, will release an accessibility update on May 20th, 2021 to mark this years GAAD. The document will be posted at 4 PM PDT. A virtual meeting will be scheduled at a later date to discuss the issues raised in the paper.

Learn more about Accessibility Update by CAILA

The “C” in WCAG: a chorus of voices (Virtual)

20 May 2021 | 4:00 PM-5:30 PM Europe/London (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)

Join us for an insightful discussion into people’s positive and negative experience of products and services. We will look at what access means in terms of technology, environments and content, from people with lived experience of being excluded. We will also give some practical and creative guidance on how you can write content and describe images in a meaningful way. We will finish our talks with a panel discussions, where our speakers will answer any questions you have.

Learn more about The “C” in WCAG: a chorus of voices by Nexer Digital

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