Events & Activities

There are many ways to celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day and create awareness. Attend an event. Participate in an activity. Start your own event and publicize it.

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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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Makerspace: What is this picture supposed to tell me? Alternative texts for teaching/learning materials (Virtual)

16 May 2023 | 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Europe/Berlin (Dortmund, NRW, Germany)

Graphics, photos, charts – visual representations play an important role in teaching/learning materials. In this Makerspace, we invite teachers to work together in small groups to create alt texts for images from their own teaching-learning materials after a brief input. Using the various examples, they will learn the basic rules for formulating alternative texts and how to meet the special challenges of different teaching and examination materials. All participants bring a graphic or an image for which you need an image description.

Learn more about Makerspace: What is this picture supposed to tell me? Alternative texts for teaching/learning materials by Kompetenzzentrum Digitale

#GAAD2023: Building the business case for web accessibility (Virtual)

16 May 2023 | 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Europe/London (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)

Join Monsido by CivicPlus for this special Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) event, and get access to our specially developed business case template for pitching web accessibility for your organization. What you’ll learn in this webinar:

  • Why web accessibility is vital to tackle in 2023
  • The Benefits & Considerations of the web accessibility business case
  • The resources & stakeholder buy-in needed to address web accessibility
  • And how to pitch web accessibility to your management team
  • And more…

Learn more about #GAAD2023: Building the business case for web accessibility by Monsido powered by CivicPlus

Dostępność wydarzeń akademickich (Virtual)

16 May 2023 | 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Europe/Warsaw (Warszawa, mazowieckie, Poland)

Życie uczelni obfituje w wydarzenia. Niektóre – takie jak inauguracja roku akademickiego czy jubileuszowy wykład – są ważne dla całej społeczności akademickiej. Inne – jak konferencja naukowa – adresowane są do węższego grona. Dobrze, by wszystkie były dostępne także dla osób z niepełnosprawnością wzroku czy słuchu. Pokażemy dobre praktyki na przykładach wydarzeń organizowanych przez czołowe polskie uczelnie. Podzielimy się doświadczeniami z naszych realizacji i praktycznymi poradami. Odpowiemy na pytania. Dostępność wydarzeń zapewnia bardziej komfortowy odbiór dla wszystkich widzów, a organizatorom pozwala dotrzeć do szerszej grupy odbiorców. Termin: wtorek, 16.05, godz. 13.00, czas trwania: 45 minut, Zoom. Dostępność: Podczas webinarium zapewniamy napisy na żywo i tłumaczenie na PJM. Webinarium poprowadzi dr Monika Szczygielska z Dostę

Learn more about Dostępność wydarzeń akademickich by Dostę

Developers’ Guide to Getting Started with Accessibility Testing (Virtual)

16 May 2023 | 2:00 PM-3:00 PM America/Detroit (United States of America)

In celebration of this year’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), we’re hosting a free webinar for developers of all experience levels to learn how to do a lot of good, using free accessibility testing tools. Harris Schneiderman, Product Manager and Developer Extraordinaire, will demonstrate how to achieve the following using entirely free tools: -Significantly improve your code quality without disrupting your existing testing processes -Automatically catching the majority of accessibility issues in-browser -Extending accessibility coverage even further with guided testing -Automatically catching accessibility issues with even less effort in a VS Code linter -Learning how to solve accessibility issues without any WCAG expertise required

Learn more about Developers’ Guide to Getting Started with Accessibility Testing by Deque

Vereint in Barrierefreiheit: Netzwerk, Weiterbildung und Ressourcen (Virtual)

16 May 2023 | 5:00 PM-6:00 PM Europe/Berlin (Germany)

Seit 2021 müssen alle Websites und App der Offentlichenstellen Barrierefrei sein. Ab dem 28. Juni 2025 laut der Barrierefreiheitsstärkungsgesetz können Unternehmen nur noch Produkte und Dienstleistungen auf dem europäischen und deutschen Markt anbieten, wenn sie die Anforderungen an die Barrierefreiheit erfüllen. Aber wie kann ich bei meiner Arbeit Barrierefreiheit berücksichtigen? Wie können Design Teams mehr über das Thema lernen? Gibt es Lernprogramme, Ausbildungsmöglichkeiten oder Zertifizierungen, die gut für UXler und Designer passen? Welche Austauschmöglichkeiten gibt es, wo man mehr lernen kann? Komm vorbei um mehr zu erfahren, fragen rund um Thema Barrierefreiheit Netzwerk, Weiterbildung und Ressourcen kannst du gern bringen! Die Panelisten: Prof. Dr. Gottfried Zimmermann, Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart Prof. Dr. Klaus Miesenberger, Institutes Integriert Studieren an der Johannes-Kepler-Universität Linz Michael Düren, Kompetenzzentrum „Digitale Teilhabe für alle“ Regine Gessner (CPACC), IAAP DACH und Hilfsgemeinschaft der Blinden und Sehschwachen Österreichs/HGBS-GmbH Moderiert: Beatriz González Mellídez (CPWA, ADS), Atos Information Technologies GmbH

Learn more about Vereint in Barrierefreiheit: Netzwerk, Weiterbildung und Ressourcen by Atos Information Technology, German UPA, IAAP DACH

The future of Digital Accessibility (Virtual)

16 May 2023 | 6:00 PM-7:30 PM Europe/Berlin (Berlin, Berlin, Germany)

Futurice Berlin welcomes you to an event about “The Future of Digital Accessibility”! Our experts Suvi Helén and Marion Couesnon share their predictions – ranging from topics like legislation to emerging technologies – and recommendations on how to realize a more accessible vision of the future. Use this opportunity to leverage your business and learn how to nail upcoming accessibility challenges with confidence, offer better products and services, and expand your target audience. Not able to join us in Berlin? No worries, we’ve got you! Join us in Munich, Stuttgart, or Freiburg to watch the live stream with some of the nicest and most talented people in the industry… Or simply join remote!

Learn more about The future of Digital Accessibility by Futurice GmbH

GAAD@FeU 2023: New positions, digital accessibility and participation (Virtual)

17 May 2023 | 12:00 AM-1:00 PM Europe/Berlin (Hagen, Germany)

This year we have two exciting presentations plus an additional plenary session on current trends and topics in digital accessibility at universities: The first lecture addresses the concept of neurodiversity in digital and explains its impact on studies and work. With the help of various practical examples, we will show the advantages of accessible offers on the web for people with neurodiversity, but also the challenges they may face. The second lecture deals with questions of an inclusive university didactics of the digital. Among other things, the speaker will report on a project for inclusive curriculum development. In the follow-up plenary session, we would like to discuss questions, ideas and comments with students and participants. The event is free of charge and will take place online via Zoom. Written interpretation will of course be available. Registration is now open at

Learn more about GAAD@FeU 2023: New positions, digital accessibility and participation by FernUniversität in Hagen

4 webinaires sur l’accessibilité pour la GAAD (Virtual)

17 May 2023 | 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Europe/Paris (France)

4 webinaires gratuits sur l’accessibilité numérique organisés par l’équipe d’Ideance à l’occasion de la journée mondiale de sensibilisation à l’accessibilité numérique !

Learn more about 4 webinaires sur l’accessibilité pour la GAAD by Ideance

Business of Accessibility – Expert Panel (Virtual)

17 May 2023 | 11:00 AM-12:00 PM America/New_York (United States of America)

In honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), TPGi is bringing together an expert panel of top accessibility experts to discuss how businesses benefit from creating accessible experiences, the return on accessibility efforts, the current state of accessibility, and much more! Join accessibility experts: Dena Wainwright at Fidelity; Christopher Patnoe at Google; Jaunita George and Michelle Lana at Navy Federal Credit Union.

Learn more about Business of Accessibility – Expert Panel by TPGi

Arden University GAAD Part 1 (Virtual)

17 May 2023 | 12:00 PM-1:30 PM Europe/London (Global)

Arden University is very excited to invite you to our 2-day Global Accessibility Awareness Day series. This will be our first year celebrating the importance of digital accessibility at our online, international university. This session will explore accessibility within our library, inclusion team, and digital learning. Hear from the international neuro-divergent staff experience. Our guest speaker, Charlie from Disability and Accessibility, will share 3 simple tools for studying. Join us to explore the creative range of applications for accessibility and inclusion in our digital environment.

Learn more about Arden University GAAD Part 1 by Arden University

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