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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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

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

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

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

GAAD 2024 – Empowering Accessibility in APAC! (Virtual)

16 May 2024 | 10:00 AM-2:00 PM (Hyderabad, Telangana, India)

Virtual Event May 16th, 10:00 AM (IST) Onwards At Deque Systems, we’re thrilled to invite you to the most anticipated event of the year – the Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) 2024! Get ready to be part of a groundbreaking initiative aimed at revolutionizing digital accessibility in APAC. Join us as we embark on a transformative journey to create a more inclusive digital landscape for all. Prepare to be inspired, educated, and empowered by thought leaders, industry experts, and accessibility advocates. From engaging sessions to interactive workshops, GAAD 2024 promises a day filled with insights, innovation, and action. Don’t miss this opportunity to be at the forefront of the accessibility revolution! Highlights: Engage with industry experts through thought-provoking sessions. Network with like-minded peers and exchange ideas. Discover cutting-edge tools and strategies for digital accessibility. Be part of a transformative journey towards creating a more inclusive digital landscape.

Learn more about GAAD 2024 – Empowering Accessibility in APAC! by Deque Systems

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

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

Barrierefreiheit im Web für Redakteur*innen (Virtual)

16 May 2024 | 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Europe/Berlin (Germany)

Der Workshop richtet sich an Web-Redakteur*innen aus dem Hochschulkontext. Die Teilnehmenden erhalten einen ersten Einblick, worauf es bei einer barrierefreien Gestaltung von (Hochschul-)Webseiten zu achten gilt (z. B. Umgang mit Seitenstrukturen, Bildern/Grafiken, Farben/Kontraste und Verlinkungen). Alle Inhalte des Workshops werden in einem ausführlichen Leitfaden vertieft und im Anschluss an die Veranstaltung frei zur Verfügung gestellt. Zum Global Accessibilty Awareness Day (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 Barrierefreiheit im Web für Redakteur*innen by Kompetenzzentrum digitale

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