Events & Activities

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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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A11Y Quiz at Pearson Lanka (Private/Internal)

18 May 2021 | 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Asia/Colombo (Colombo, Sri Lanka)

In celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) 2021, Accessibility Shared Service Team at Pearson Lanka has planned several activities starting from 17th May to 21st of May 2021. The main highlight of the week is ‘A11Y Quiz’, a Virtual accessibility fun quizzical via Kahoot platform targeted for Pearson Lanka employees. Throughout the whole week, Accessibility informative tips will be shared via emails and blog posts.

Leave No One Offline: Engaging Companies on Digital Accessibility (Virtual)

19 May 2021 | 9:00 AM-10:00 AM America/New_York (Newton, MA, United States of America)

The ever-increasing digital sphere must not leave people with disabilities behind. How can enterprises benefit from digital accessibility, gain a competitive advantage? Frances West, founder of FrancesWestCo and lead author of the ILO Global Business and Disability Network’s “Leave no one offline: A primer on engaging your company on digital accessibility”, and Stephen Framil, Founder & Associate Director Enterprise Digital Governance at Merck/MSD, will discuss this with Yves Veulliet from IBM.

Learn more about Leave No One Offline: Engaging Companies on Digital Accessibility by Strategy Advisory

Facebook AX Summit 2021 (Virtual)

19 May 2021 | 9:15 AM-10:30 AM America/Los_Angeles (MENLO PARK, California, United States of America)

The 2021 Facebook AX Summit is celebrating the 10th anniversary of GAAD as Mike Shebanek, Facebook’s Head of Accessibility, talks with founders Joe Devon and Jennison Ascuncion about the first ten years of GAAD and the success of the first ever GAAD pledge to make React Native accessible. Facebook’s Marne Levine, VP of Global Partnerships, will also discuss the origins and importance of captioning with Donna Danielewski, the Executive Director of Accessibility at GBH. Captioned + ASL

Learn more about Facebook AX Summit 2021 by Facebook

Accessibility Day 2021 (Virtual)

19 May 2021 | 10:00 AM-3:30 PM Europe/Berlin (Germany)

Beim Accessibility Day am 19. Mai erhalten Teilnehmer*innen einen Einblick in die neuen Standards und der praktischen Umsetzung von barrierefreien Websites. Experten von Zugang für Alle, WACA, Siteimprove, DMK E-Business und CoreMedia freuen sich darauf, Ihnen über folgende Themen zu berichten: WCAG 2.2 & 3.0, Umsetzung von WCAG-Richtlinien im Web-Team, Barrierefreiheit als ganzheitliches Website-Projekt, Leichte Sprache, Barrierefreiheit für Content-Redakteure.

Learn more about Accessibility Day 2021 by Siteimprove

A Starting Guide To Disability Awareness & Etiquette (In Person)

19 May 2021 | 11:00 AM-12:00 PM America/New_York (United States of America)

We all find ourselves in situations when we don’t know what to say or do, and sometimes those situations involve interacting with a person with a disability. When is it okay to offer assistance? Are there certain words or phrases you should avoid using? How can you ask questions without sounding offensive? In this session you’ll learn about types of disabilities and the unique barriers people face, common courtesy tips, and get etiquette advice for specific situations.

Learn more about A Starting Guide To Disability Awareness & Etiquette by Level Access

Free Caption Clinic with Eliza Greenwood (Virtual)

19 May 2021 | 11:00 AM-12:00 PM America/Los_Angeles (Vancouver, WA, United States of America)

Are you making the most of auto-caption technology? So many platforms are now offering this for free and Eliza wants to make sure it is enabled on your accounts! This can be easy as a preferences setting – if you know where to look. Join us for a Caption Clinic where you can toggle on caption functionality in your account. Register now! Drop in is fine. A recording will be sent out to all registrants, even if it turns out you can’t attend.

Learn more about Free Caption Clinic with Eliza Greenwood by ESODAS, LLC

Webinar: Digital accessibility (Virtual)

19 May 2021 | 12:00 PM-1:15 PM Europe/London (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)

To mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day PIF’s expert panel of speakers will describe the personal impact of inaccessible tools and discuss solutions to improve accessibility. Speakers from Ability Net, Public Digital Health and Care Wales and TextHelp.

Learn more about Webinar: Digital accessibility by Patient Information Forum Ltd.

Pre-GAAD event: Authoring tools with built-in accessibility! (Virtual)

19 May 2021 | 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Europe/Stockholm (Sweden)

In this online event, you will meet market leading authoring tool producers and accessibility experts who have joined forces to make sure web authors get better support when creating accessible content. We will demonstrate the exciting results from two EU-funded research projects, where brand new features for “accessibility by default” have been developed.

Learn more about Pre-GAAD event: Authoring tools with built-in accessibility! by Funka

Inclusive Product Week (Virtual)

19 May 2021 – 20 May 2021 | 5:30 PM-9:30 PM America/Los_Angeles (San Jose, CA, United States of America)

Inclusive Product Week is a 2-day long free, virtual event hosted by Code for San Jose celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day. From design to development, the event shares knowledge and ideas from planners to practitioners. Learn more about the event at

Learn more about Inclusive Product Week by Code for San Jose

Accesibilidad web, más allá de los estándares (Virtual)

19 May 2021 | 6:00 PM-8:00 PM America/Santiago (Santiago, Chile)

Desde 2Brains queremos celebrar el Día Mundial de la Concientización de la Accesibilidad Web #GAAD2021 en un evento online con referentes en accesibilidad de todo Latam. Tendremos una charla introductoria y luego un panel de conversación con invitados e invitadas de Argentina, Chile, México y Perú ¡Será una gran fiesta!

Learn more about Accesibilidad web, más allá de los estándares by 2Brains

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