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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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

GAAD Japan 2023 (Virtual)

18 May 2023 | 9:45 AM-7:30 PM Asia/Tokyo (Japan)

One day webinar on digital accessibility. There will be 9 sessions by accessibility experts and 8 lightening talks by sponsors who are passionate with accessibility. The topics will include accessible design, web accessibility, game accessibility, PDF, assistive technologies, efforts by government, VR, inclusive design and more. The webinar had 671 attendees in 2022.

Learn more about GAAD Japan 2023 by GAAD Japan

it4all (In Person)

18 May 2023 | 10:00 AM-2:00 PM Europe/Tirane (Prishtina, Pristina, Albania)

Host stakeholder consultation discussion featuring accessibility topics (accessible websites or creating accessible digital content). Implement accessibility barometer of public e-services

Learn more about it4all by SHPIK

Starting with Design (Private/Internal)

18 May 2023 | 10:00 AM-2:00 PM America/Los_Angeles (Global)

CarMax & Edmunds, leaders in the automotive research and retail space, are hosting a series of discussions around the benefits of considering accessibility well before the first line of code is written. Conversations will include the development of design systems, the challenges of reducing readability to algorithms, and a design workshop.

Learn more about Starting with Design by CarMax & Edmunds

Progress Not Perfection, Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2023 (Private/Internal)

18 May 2023 | 10:00 AM-12:00 PM America/New_York (Holmdel, New Jersey, United States of America)

This year iCIMS will be highlighting the theme of Progress Not Perfection. This topic drives home how web accessibility is a journey, and there is always room to grow. We will talk about how far iCIMS has come in the past 7 years since we started celebrating GAAD and highlight our goals for the future! This will be a hybrid company-wide event with on-site activities in both the Holmdel, New Jersey and Hyderbad, India offices while also streaming for remote employees.

Learn more about Progress Not Perfection, Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2023 by iCIMS

eBay Celebrates GAAD (Private/Internal)

18 May 2023 | 10:00 AM-12:00 PM America/Los_Angeles (United States of America)

In recognition of GAAD, eBay is hosting actor, model and deaf activist Nyle DiMarco as a guest speaker. Nyle will be speaking to our product, design and engineering orgs discussing and demonstrating the value of non-verbal communication and embracing one’s true identity. As he shares firsthand experiences from his life and career, he will help us gain a deeper understanding of the deaf community. In his powerfully emotive presentations, Nyle reveals his triumphs, challenges, fears and dreams, and encourages others to live their own lives authentically and define their own versions of success.

GAAD Bug Sweep Contest (Private/Internal)

18 May 2023 | 10:00 AM-11:59 PM America/Halifax (Canada)

Open to all employees of Bell Canada Enterprises (including subsidiaries and affiliates) across Canada. Spans all time zones as we have employees in each province from Newfoundland to British Columbia. We are holding a ‘GAAD Bug Sweep” contest that is meant to be both educational and fun. We have created a mock website with some common accessibility barriers (“bugs” or “defects). The event will be kicked off with a virtual session that will educate employees about digital accessibility and how to identify accessibility barriers (bugs). Then the employees will be given until the end of the day (midnight of May 18th) to find the ‘bugs’ on the mock websites and submit their entries for a chance to win prizes. Employees can enter the contest as individuals or teams of up to 3 people. Prizes will be offered for both categories (individual prizes & team prizes) The websites (English & French) will only be live only on May 18. Last year we had 1000 employees sign up for our event and the demand for the event exceeded the capacity we had set up. So this year we are increasing the capacity to 2500 to allow more employees to participate.

Learn more about GAAD Bug Sweep Contest by BCE / Bell Canada

Signal Centers Accessibility Awareness Summit (Virtual)

18 May 2023 | 10:00 AM-2:00 PM America/New_York (Chattanooga, TN, United States of America)

The fifth annual Signal Centers Accessibility Awareness Summit is designed to inspire transformative conversations about the inclusion of individuals with different abilities, the latest accessibility innovations, and ideas. Keynote speaker, John Bramblitt, is the author of the award-winning book Shouting in the Dark. He currently works as a consultant for museums in developing programs that are designed to include everyone – no matter their ability or disability. Shouting in the Dark is the story of Bramblitt’s life, his journey navigating through a new territory of blindness, and how he ultimately rekindled his joy, passion, and relationships through art.

Learn more about Signal Centers Accessibility Awareness Summit by Signal Centers, Inc.

GAAD Takeover (Private/Internal)

18 May 2023 | 10:00 AM-4:00 PM America/Chicago (United States of America)

Flexion’s “Flexcelerate Thursday” will feature a GAAD takeover, with the goal of getting everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion in their respective disciplines.

Konferencja PFRON wspiera dostępność (Virtual)

18 May 2023 | 10:00 AM-12:30 PM Europe/Warsaw (Poland)

Konferencja PFRON z okazji Światowego Dnia Wiedzy o Dostępności 18 maja przypada Światowy Dzień Wiedzy o Dostępności (ang. Global Accessibility Awareness Day – GAAD). Jest to dzień poświęcony szczególnie dostępności cyfrowej. Z tej okazji zapraszamy na konferencję on-line z cyklu #PFRONwspieradostępność. Będziemy rozmawiać o : – Jak dobrze opisać dostępność? – Jak technologie asystujące pomagają w osiągnięciu większej niezależności? – Zmiany w standardach WCAG 2.2 – Dostępność w mediach społecznościowych

Learn more about Konferencja PFRON wspiera dostępność by Państwowy Fundusz Rehabilitacji Osób Niepełnosprawnych

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