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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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

Access Success with Microsoft (In Person)

17 May 2023 | 9:30 AM-11:30 AM (Hanoi, Viet Nam)

Participants of this workshop will have a field trip inside Microsoft Vietnam offices and explore the various digital accessibility functions and features of Microsoft Office for classroom, professional & everyday use.

Learn more about Access Success with Microsoft by RMIT University Vietnam

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

GAAD @ Cornerstone (Private/Internal)

17 May 2023 | 10:00 AM-11:00 AM America/Los_Angeles (Global)

Learn about Global Accessibility Awareness, how Cornerstone incorporates accessibility into product design, and how everyone can contribute to Cornerstone’s accessibility journey.

Learn more about GAAD @ Cornerstone by Cornerstone OnDemand

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

How to Create a Culture of Digital Accessibility (Virtual)

17 May 2023 | 12:00 PM-1:00 PM America/New_York (New York, NY, United States of America)

Building momentum for an organization’s digital accessibility program can come from Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts. When everyone understands the importance and the impact they can make, actual progress can happen. Our featured presenter Jeff Adams, Director of Accessibility Operations at UsableNet, will cover the following: Web Accessibility and company processes Why you should include Accessibility in your company’s DNA How to move towards accessibility the first mindset What you can do to continue to improve accessibility initiatives

Learn more about How to Create a Culture of Digital Accessibility by UsableNet

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

Making Waves: Sound design in modern day software (Virtual)

17 May 2023 | 12:30 PM-2:00 PM America/New_York (United States of America)

Come join Team Stark and the community for our 2023 GAAD event: Making Waves: Sound design in modern day software

With the expertise of our panelists, we’ll dig into a depth of design which is largely ignored across software — sound. How do you design in the absence of sound, how do you tap the various senses through design, and how do you design when sound is how you can or can’t communicate? With that, we’ll also illuminate that impact (positively and negatively) on Deaf or Hard of Hearing individuals. On the panel: Host – Cat Noone (CEO, Stark); Panelist – Matthew Bennett (former Microsoft Sound & Sensory Creative Director); Panelist – Megan Clegg (Design Leader; former Compass and Nickelodeon)

Housekeeping ahead of the event: We will have an ASL translator for the event. We’ll be using Zoom and will have closed captions enabled. For any questions ahead of the event, please comment them here or send them our way to: ——— Looking forward to hanging and learning with all of you! Team Stark

Learn more about Making Waves: Sound design in modern day software by Stark

GAAD 2023 @Deutsche Telekom MMS (Virtual)

17 May 2023 | 12:30 PM-3:00 PM Europe/Berlin (Germany)

Zum Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2023 lädt das Kompetenzzentrum für digitale Barrierefreiheit und Software-Ergonomie der Telekom MMS zu drei offenen Online-Seminaren rund um digitale Barrierefreiheit ein. Unsere GAAD-Sessions finden am Mittwoch, 17. Mai 2023 von 12:30 Uhr bis 15:00 Uhr als Webex-Webinare in deutscher Sprache statt und werden in Deutsche Gebärdensprache übersetzt. Jede Session ist 45 Minuten lang und bietet ausreichend Zeit für Fragen. Session 1 – Barrierefreie Websites: Selbsttests für Entwicklungsteams 17.05.2023 12:30-13:15 Uhr In dieser Session zeigt Melanie Hobusch wie Barrierefreiheit bereits bei der Entwicklung berücksichtigt und getestet werden kann. Melanie stellt euch dafür praktische Tools vor, und wie euch diese dabei unterstützen, eure Websites barrierefrei umzusetzen und zu testen. Session 2 – Barrierefreie Dokumente: Office-Dokumente inklusiv gestalten 17.05.2023 13:15-14:00 Uhr Barrierefreie Dokumente sind ein wichtiger Baustein in der Kommunikation für Alle. In dieser Session gibt euch Josephine Schwebler einen kurzen Überblick und praktische Tipps, wie ihr barrierefreie und inklusive Office-Dokumente erstellen und prüfen könnt. Ihr lernt welche Office-Funktionen euch dabei helfen, und wie ihr diese am besten einsetzt. Session 3 – Barrierefreiheit auf Mobilgeräten kennenlernen und testen 17.05.2023 14:15-15:00 Uhr Smartphones sind ständig in unsere Hand. Für viele Menschen mit Beeinträchtigungen sind diese Mobilgeräte ein wichtiges Hilfsmittel im Alltag. Wie digitale Barrierefreiheit auf Mobilgeräten funktioniert und wie Screenreader wie TalkBack bzw. VoiceOver funktionieren, zeigt Judit Kienz in dieser Session.

Learn more about GAAD 2023 @Deutsche Telekom MMS by Deutsche Telekom MMS GmbH

Baking Accessibility and Inclusion into Your Business (Virtual)

17 May 2023 | 1:00 PM-2:00 PM America/Los_Angeles (United States of America)

Culture forms the very fabric of everything that happens in the workplace. Instilling a culture of accessibility and inclusion takes time and practice, but above all else, requires consistency. How do we ensure that we consistently show up with inclusion in mind? How does this improve the way we conduct business? We are excited to be joined by Nandita Gupta, Accessibility Product Owner at Microsoft, to guide you through the essential considerations you as a founder need to make to form a solid culture of accessibility and inclusion within your business. You’ll walk away with actionable steps to take in the short-term and long-term that will ensure that your team members, potential buyers, and loyal customers will all feel seen in the ways that matter to them. Key Takeaways: Why it is vital to consider accessibility and inclusion in all parts of your business How accessibility and inclusion can show up within a company and, more specifically, team culture How to be intentional with your product lifecycle Actionable ways we can show up every day with accessibility and inclusion in mind, and encourage the same among team members

Learn more about Baking Accessibility and Inclusion into Your Business by Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center

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