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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GAAD Keynote and Lightning Talks (Private/Internal)

16 May 2024 | 10:00 AM-12:00 PM America/Los_Angeles (San Jose, CA, United States of America)

The Core Accessibility Team is co-coordinating a keynote from Rebecca Alexander ( sharing her insights and experiences as someone navigating life with Usher syndrome. Following the keynote, we’ll host and facilitate a round of Lightning Talks from colleagues around the company sharing how accessibility shows up in their roles and the work they do helping to create a more inclusive workforce, workplace, and marketplace.

Stronger Together: Developing an Organizational Strategy for Accessible Design (Virtual)

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

To celebrate GAAD, we are discussing our Accessibility Initiative at BORN. Embracing accessibility challenges our creativity, fosters responsibility, and drives innovation towards more inclusive designs and experiences. But to truly bring accessible design practices into our work, we need everyone on deck: from sales and product managers, to researchers and strategists, to designers and developers. In this talk, we’ll discuss the importance of developing a cross-functional accessibility team and some suggestions for getting started. We’ll also walk-through our own journey to build the accessibility team at BORN – from stakeholder interviews to roadmap development and cross-functional teamwork.

Learn more about Stronger Together: Developing an Organizational Strategy for Accessible Design by BORN Group

White House Global Accessibility Awareness Day Convening (Virtual)

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

The White House is convening a Town Hall to celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Watch the livestream on YouTube, and live captioning on Streamtext.

Learn more about White House Global Accessibility Awareness Day Convening by The White House

Celebrating GAAD with Userlytics (Virtual)

16 May 2024 – 17 May 2024 | 10:00 AM-10:00 PM America/New_York (United States of America)

Perficient sat down with Userlytics for an interview on why Global Accessibility Awareness Day is a day to celebrate awareness of digital accessibility.

Learn more about Celebrating GAAD with Userlytics by Perficient

Edward Jones 3rd Global Accessibility Awareness Day Celebration (Private/Internal)

16 May 2024 | 10:30 AM-12:00 PM America/Chicago (United States of America)

For the 3rd year Edward Jones is participating in the international Global Accessibility Awareness Day by getting together to talk, think, and learn collectively about digital access and inclusion, so we can create a stronger place of belonging for associates and clients with disabilities.

Upstart honors Global Accessibility Awareness Day (Private/Internal)

16 May 2024 | 10:30 AM-11:00 AM America/Los_Angeles (United States of America)

We’re hosting an internal information session to emphasize the many ways Upstarters can continue to put accessibility front and center in our work. Senior Software Engineer Dillon Arevalo will lead the team through the different aspects of web accessibility, why they’re important, accessibility features we’ve implemented here at Upstart, and what we’ll look to implement next.

All Abilities Expo (In Person)

16 May 2024 | 11:00 AM-2:00 PM Australia/Darwin (Marrara, NT, Australia)

Founded by the Northern Territory peak body for people with disability, the “All Abilities Expo” is a unique and interactive event that connects people with disabilities, carers, guardians, and families with disability service providers, community services, and government. The expo provides the opportunity to learn more about what is available in the Northern Territory, discuss individual requirements, and enable individual rights to choice and control. The expo also provides an opportunity to showcase presentations that promote inclusion, accessibility, equity, and diversity as a means of building awareness on the day. In promoting equity, admission to the “All Abilities Expo” is FREE to the community and includes “come n’ try” activities like wheelchair basketball, rugby, AFL, dance, craft, chess, as well as sensory stations, an animal petting area, face painting, balloon artist, and free food. As part of raising awareness, the “All Abilities Expo” is running on Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) as a way of spotlighting current programs and businesses that are inclusive and accessible, as well as promoting the opportunity for others to make the move towards inclusion, accessibility, equity, and diversity.

Learn more about All Abilities Expo by Integrated disAbility Action Inc.

Einstieg in die digitale Barrierefreiheit (Virtual)

16 May 2024 | 11:00 AM-1:30 PM Europe/Berlin (Düsseldorf, Germany)

Der Workshop richtet sich an alle Hochschulmitarbeitenden, die einen kompakten Einstieg in das Thema digitale Barrierefreiheit suchen. Er zielt darauf ab, den Teilnehmenden die wichtigsten Grundregeln der inklusiven Gestaltung von digitalen Materialien theoretisch und praktisch zu vermitteln. Am Beispiel eines Word-Dokuments setzen die Teilnehmenden diese Regeln selbst um und können Fragen dazu stellen. 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 Einstieg in die digitale Barrierefreiheit by Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

iD & Me: ORCID & Accessibility (Virtual)

16 May 2024 | 11:00 AM-12:00 PM America/Detroit (United States of America)

ORCID believes that ORCID should be open and accessible to all, in order to serve the global community and move toward our vision of a world where all who participate in research, scholarship, and innovation are uniquely identified and connected to their contributions across disciplines, borders, and time. According to the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), for an online technology to be accessible, it must be, “designed and developed so that people with disabilities can use them.” To align with this initiative, an accessibility audit in 2022 served as a catalyst for ORCID to begin the ongoing work of making significant accessibility improvements within the ORCID Registry. Join us for this webinar with ORCID Senior UX Designer Dan Dineen to learn about the process of identifying areas in need of improvement, the work that has been done thus far, and the ongoing journey ORCID is committed to undertaking to ensure ORCID is accessible to all.

Learn more about iD & Me: ORCID & Accessibility by ORCID

17th TransMedia International Meeting: “Creatividad artificial” ¿Cuál es el impacto de la inteligencia artificial en la creatividad humana? (In Person)

16 May 2024 | 11:00 AM-12:30 PM Europe/Madrid (Barcelona, Spain)

Join us for our conference on “Creatividad artificial. ¿Cuál es el impacto de la inteligencia artificial en la creatividad humana?.” Explore the fascinating intersection of AI and creativity with Fernanda Rocha, CFO and founder of Blackbot, BlackSchool, and BCI, alongside Jon Black, CEO of BLACKBOT. With Fernanda’s expertise in digital marketing and strategic design, and Jon’s extensive experience in international design and innovation, this session promises to be enlightening. Don’t miss this opportunity to delve into the future of creativity in the digital age! Learn more about Fernanda Rocha at and Jon Black at

Learn more about 17th TransMedia International Meeting: “Creatividad artificial” ¿Cuál es el impacto de la inteligencia artificial en la creatividad humana? by TransMedia Catalonia

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