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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Rakuten Americas GAAD Mini-Convention (Private/Internal)

18 May 2023 | 9:00 AM-12:00 PM America/Los_Angeles (United States of America)

This GAAD, Rakuten’s RakAbility ERG is holding a mini-conference for Rakuten Americas employees on topics relating to digital accessibility, design, testing, and more! We hope these talks will help attendees understand the need for more accessible products, and how to build them. We are excited to have four professionals from the Accessibility industry joining us to share their expertise and wisdom on a variety of topics, including Miriam Nabinger, Dan Tevelde, Albert Kim and others.

Awareness campaign through 50 personal profiles on Instagram (Activity)

18 May 2023 | 9:00 AM-10:00 AM America/Sao_Paulo (Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil)

Every year, the AccessBoost course (about digital accessibility) participates in some way with GAAD promotion actions. This year the action will be different and unprecedented. Through 50 profiles (of friends and acquaintances), at 9 am on May 18, 2023, posts will be published with a black screen (with nothing written) and only the following caption: “This post contains the alternative text “. There will only be the alternative text explaining the campaign. We know that many people will not know what it is about this will generate curiosity. After 1 hour of the post, all profiles will include a response informing what the campaign was about and the importance of having alternative text in posts on social networks. There will be the dissemination of both the GAAD and the AccessBoost courses.

Accessibility? Nothing hard. Training in digital accessibility and simple language for editors (Private/Internal)

18 May 2023 | 9:00 AM-1:00 PM Europe/Warsaw (Poland) is the official portal of the Polish government, which provides easy access to reliable information and public services online. It is a portal for everyone, without exception, which is why digital accessibility and simple language are so important to us. How do we do it? On a daily basis, we take care of the knowledge and skills of editors who run websites on We organize regular trainings where we show how to create an accessible portal. We have planned one of such internal trainings on the occasion of the World Accessibility Awareness Day on May 18, 2023. We invited editors from all over Poland.

Docplanner Internal Awareness Event (Private/Internal)

18 May 2023 | 9:00 AM-3:00 PM Europe/Warsaw (Global)

An online event for all employees. It includes an accessibility challenge, a series of inspirational knowledge bites, and a workshop.

Learn more about Docplanner Internal Awareness Event by Docplanner

Accessibility Days 2023 (In Person)

18 May 2023 – 19 May 2023 | 9:00 AM-6:00 PM Europe/Rome (Rome, Italy)

Il più grande evento italiano sull’Accessibilità e l’Inclusività delle tecnologie digitali. In presenza a Roma + streaming online

Learn more about Accessibility Days 2023 by Accessibility Days

Umbraad (Virtual)

18 May 2023 | 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Europe/London (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)

There are still knowledge gaps around accessibility issues and many barriers and hurdles still exist when building and developing websites. UMBRAAD is an opportunity for Umbraco and web practitioners to get together, learn and discuss accessibility in general, find out what’s happening with Umbraco accessibility and to pick up any tools and techniques that may help them improve the accessibility of their sites.

Learn more about Umbraad by Umbraco Accessibility Team

Accessibility Stories at Zendesk (Private/Internal)

18 May 2023 | 9:00 AM-10:00 AM America/Los_Angeles (United States of America)

Join the Product Accessibility team as they share stories from fellow employees related to Accessibility and disability inclusion. Also learn about opportunities for everyone to join the movement to make more accessible products, experiences and conversations! Details on COMET.

Learn more about Accessibility Stories at Zendesk by Zendesk

GAAD for Good 2023: Built without barriers (Virtual)

18 May 2023 | 9:00 AM-12:00 PM America/Chicago (Global)

GAAD is close to our hearts. Digital accessibility drives everyone here at Siteimprove. It’s embedded into our platform, culture, and history – and we think every website owner should be on board too. If all websites got their accessibility fundamentals right, then we’d have an open internet for everyone, regardless of their ability. That’s why our theme for this year is built without barriers. Join us as we imagine a world where nothing stands between users and information. Then help us make it a reality. This year’s GAAD for Good is jam-packed full of tips and expert insights, including three informative webinars. You’ll be joined by our industry experts, customers, and partners, who’ll all be serving up the latest accessibility content and resources. We’ll kick things off with an introduction from Nicolas Hamilton, one of British motorsport’s most inspirational figures, who will open our event by sharing what digital accessibility means to him. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the topics we’ll cover throughout the day:

  • Technical accessibility tips for your website
  • Understanding the importance of accessibility in content marketing
  • How accessibility drives better UX, marketing performance, and business results

We’re excited to see you there! Help us make the internet a more inclusive place for everyone.

Learn more about GAAD for Good 2023: Built without barriers by Siteimprove

Global Accessibility Awareness Day – Open House (In Person)

18 May 2023 | 9:00 AM-5:00 PM America/Chicago (Madisonville, LA, United States of America)

Join us for an open house event where you will learn about accessibility resources available from your St. Tammany Parish Library. The featured resource for the day is a TAPit, or Touch Accessible Platform Interactive Technology device. TAPit is the first ADA compliant interactive learning station designed to recognize the difference between an arm resting upon the screen and a finger or assistive device intentionally tapping an image. Providing an optimal interface for patrons with special needs to use at their own pace, TAPit helps reinforce skills that can be transferred to other computer-based learning applications using the Internet, educational software or communication devices.

Learn more about Global Accessibility Awareness Day – Open House by St. Tammany Parish Library

University of Minnesota’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day (Virtual)

18 May 2023 | 9:30 AM-2:45 PM America/Chicago (United States of America)

You are invited to attend Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on May 18, 2023. GAAD 2023 will feature a keynote presentation from Lydia X.Z. Brown on Disability Justice Action in Higher Education, as well as three sessions in three concurrent tracks: Pedagogy and education, Research and community outreach, and Digital accessibility. Register for the Zoom sessions at

Learn more about University of Minnesota’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day by University of Minnesota Duluth