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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Accessibility not Disability (Virtual)

18 May 2023 | 5:30 PM-6:30 PM Africa/Johannesburg (Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa)

Panel discussion by people with disabilities on accessibility for people without disabilities. Accessibility is not only for people with disabilities, so the panel looks to highlight how their accessibility needs benefits many other people. In a world where diversity and inclusion are drivers in the business sector, accessibility needs to be understood, actioned and implemented holistically. Without accessibility – diversity and inclusion cannot be achieved. The panel discussion hopes to teach attendees how many people can benefit from accessibility within the South African and African context.

Learn more about Accessibility not Disability by Inclusive Design

Embodying Trustworthiness to Address Social Barriers (Virtual)

18 May 2023 | 5:30 PM-7:00 PM America/Moncton (Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada)

Ampersand Collaborations Perluète Founder, Stephany Peterson, unites with Prude Inc. All Women Project Committee for a generative dialogue in digital setting. The shared intention of the gathering is the exploration of social constructs of identity, such as ageism, and how institutions and systems can embody trustworthiness in addressing these issues. A focus will be on the lived and learned experiences through storytelling and sharing, complemented with practices and concrete actions that locate barriers as issues within the environment rather than the individual. Please email to join us!

Światowy Dzień Świadomości Dostępności (In Person)

18 May 2023 | 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Europe/Warsaw (Warszaw, Poland)

Dostępność cyfrowa staje się coraz ważniejsza dla osób z niepełnosprawnościami, a Globalny Dzień Dostępności (GAAD) jest idealnym momentem, aby zwrócić na to uwagę. W tym roku z okazji GAAD organizowane jest wydarzenie poświęcone dostępności cyfrowej, które skupi się na edukacji i podnoszeniu świadomości w tym zakresie. Wszyscy uczestnicy wydarzenia będą mieli szansę zdobyć nową wiedzę i umiejętności, które pomogą im tworzyć bardziej dostępne cyfrowe produkty i usługi. Będzie to także doskonała

Learn more about Światowy Dzień Świadomości Dostępności by Kinaole

Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2023 – Poznań A11y Meetup V (In Person)

18 May 2023 | 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Europe/Warsaw (Poznan, Poland)

Poznań Accessibility Meetup is already one year old! On this occasion we will meet again to celebrate together the most important day for everyone related to accessibility – GAAD. Since it’s our birthday – we have prepared for you a workshop on accessibility for Frontend Developers with our Accessibility Specialist and Senior Frontend Developer – Anna Karoń. And during the event itself, we are preparing for you one lecture about accessibility in the entertainment world, and a panel discussion.

Learn more about Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2023 – Poznań A11y Meetup V by Snowdog

Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2023 – Poznań A11y Meetup V (In Person)

18 May 2023 | 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Europe/Warsaw (Poznan, Poland)

Poznań Accessibility Meetup ma już rok! Z tej okazji spotkamy się znowu, aby świętować wspólnie najważniejszy dzień dla wszystkich związanych z dostępnością — GAAD. Szykujemy dla Was prelekcję o dostępności w świecie rozrywki, oraz panel dyskusyjny — więcej informacji już wkrótce! Do zobaczenia w czwartek 18 maja 2023 o godzinie 18:00 (godzina może ulec zmianie, więc bądźcie czujni) w siedzibie Snowdog przy Mostowej 11 w Poznaniu.

Learn more about Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2023 – Poznań A11y Meetup V by Snowdog

Boulder Global Accessibility (In Person)

18 May 2023 | 6:00 PM-7:30 PM America/Denver (Boulder, CO, United States of America)

The Boulder/CO UX Research Meetup is excited to host a session for this year’s annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day! We will be jumping right in to explain the “so what” of accessibility– what impact inaccessible content has on users, why it matters, and what you can do about it. Alaina Beaver, our Meetup founder and accessibility SME, will facilitate this session. We’ll talk through considerations for building more inclusive research so that we can mindfully recruit and anticipate the needs of people with disabilities (PWD) in our studies. We’ll also do some live demos using automated testing tools and make sure you leave the session with a variety of tools and tips to help you be more accessibility-minded in your everyday life! Please feel free to spread the word, and look forward to seeing you–in person this time!–for this session. Slides will be made available for everyone afterwards. Please let us know if you need any accommodations so that you can participate fully. We’re happy to do our best to include everyone!

Learn more about Boulder Global Accessibility by Boulder/CO UX Research Meetup

Service Designers Connect (In Person)

18 May 2023 – 18 May 2025 | 6:00 PM-8:00 PM Europe/London (Nottingham, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)

What is Service Design? Service Design is the craft of tying together human, digital, and physical interactions over time to create seamless user experiences. It’s also one of the fastest growing and in demand design disciplines. What’s the this meet-up about? In this session, we’ll celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day by focusing on how we can create products and services that work for everyone. Members of the community will share their experiences and insights through a series of lightning talks. These will focus on accessibility and digital inclusion. During the break we will experiment with a pop-up empathy lab. You will leave the session with inspirating new ways of designing accessible and inclusive services. Who should come along? You could be a seasoned Service Designer practitioner, a curious career pivoter looking for a way in, or you could just be looking for more meaningful, satisfying and creative work. Anything else? There will be drinks and nibbles! About Service Designers connect Our mission is to create a platform for people in the East Midlands who are interested in Service design to make connections, share best practice raise the profile of the profession. We aim to create a safe space, where people can connect, share their practice and leave feeling inspired.

Learn more about Service Designers Connect by Nottingham Trent University

Transcend Tech: Afterthought – Is It Ever Too Late for Accessibility? (In Person)

18 May 2023 | 6:00 PM-8:00 PM Europe/London (Glasgow, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)

In 2023, a stark fact remains: 96% of the top 1 million website home pages are not accessible. Making digital products truly usable for all – is that still an add-on, a nice-to-have? Or is accessibility itself not accessible? A binary of right and wrong getting in the way of taking things from bad to better. And if accessibility is an afterthought – is it ever truly too late? Join us for an engaging panel discussion exploring the importance of web accessibility and why it’s never too late to improve it. Our expert panellists will share their insights and experiences on the topic and discuss strategies and best practices for making websites more accessible. During this event, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the impact of web accessibility on users with disabilities and understand the benefits of creating a more inclusive online environment. The panellists will also discuss common barriers to web accessibility and provide practical advice for overcoming them. Whether you’re a web developer, designer, content creator, or simply interested in creating more accessible websites, this event is for you. You’ll leave with a greater understanding of why web accessibility is so important, and the tools and knowledge you need to make your own web products and services more accessible. Panellists – Kevin White – Accessibility Development and Operations Lead, W3C – Fiona Brook – Content Designer, Accessibility SME, Accenture – Rashmi Kakde – Senior Design Researcher, Accessibility advocate, Infinity Works, part of Accenture – Simon S Ellis – Accessibility SME, Accenture (TBC) Moderator James Colbeck, Senior Design Consultant – Infinity Works, part of Accenture

Learn more about Transcend Tech: Afterthought – Is It Ever Too Late for Accessibility? by Infinity Works, part of Accenture

Demystifying Digital Accessibility for Entrepreneurs (Virtual)

18 May 2023 | 6:00 PM-7:00 PM America/Winnipeg (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

Chances are you started a business to do good work, create positive change and help people. How well does your website and social media presence reflect the changes you want to see in the world? 1 in 5 Canadians identify as having a disability — that’s more than 6 million people, and worldwide, it’s more than 16% of the world’s population, or 1.3 billion people. Digital accessibility works to remove barriers for disabled people, and inclusive design benefits everyone. Learn why creating accessible web and social media content will change how you market your business, help you capture 30% more market share and contribute to a more equitable digital world. In this Masterclass, you’ll learn:

  • What digital accessibility is and why it’s a competitive differentiator for your business
  • The business impact when people with disabilities can’t access your content
  • 3 things you can start doing immediately to make your website and social media content more accessible

Learn more about Demystifying Digital Accessibility for Entrepreneurs by Squarely Social Inc.

Budapest Accessibility Meetup #4 – Sponsored by OTP Bank (In Person)

18 May 2023 | 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Europe/Budapest (Budapest, Hungary)

The language of this meetup is Hungarian. At the 2023 Global Accessibility Awareness Day, OTP Bank will host a roundtable discussion and short presentations to explore the challenges and opportunities of implementing accessibility, examine experiences and processes on the road to accessibility. The roundtable discussion will be led by experts who have personally faced the challenges of design accessibility. During the presentations, a brief showcase will be given on how accessibility was implemented and the challenges that were faced. One of the main topics of the event is the possibility of universal design in the digital world, and the importance of inclusive design will also be emphasized. Our goal is to create accessible and usable products, services, and interfaces.

Learn more about Budapest Accessibility Meetup #4 – Sponsored by OTP Bank by Budapest Accessibility Meetup

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