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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Future is for everyone-How we can make our industry more inclusive & accessible (In Person)

17 May 2023 | 7:00 PM-9:15 PM Europe/Berlin (70565 Stuttgart, Germany)

In industrialized countries between 50% and 70% of people with disabilities are unemployed. Children with disabilities are much less likely to complete their primary education. These are just a few key facts about disability and inclusion and why our industry is failing people with disabilities. So how can we make our industry more inclusive, more equitable and more accessible? We want to show you different workshop concepts from our Responsible Tech Playbook ( and more that could lead you to better ideas. Test them out in our workshop playground and see how old problems could be solved with new thinking. Agenda: 19:00 – Start 19:30 – Introduction + Select your Workshop group 20:00 – Workshops (30mins) 20:30 – Workshop presentations 21:15 – Wrap Up & Networking

Learn more about Future is for everyone-How we can make our industry more inclusive & accessible by Thoughtworks

Celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day (Virtual)

17 May 2023 | 8:00 PM-9:00 PM America/Denver (Utah, United States of America)

In this Twitter Utah Education chat, which takes place every Wednesday during the school year, educators from Utah will discuss benefits of creating digital content that is inclusive and accessible by answering the questions and completing the accessibility challenges posted by the Twitter handle @DanyMacEdu and using the hashtag #UTEdChat.

Learn more about Celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day by Utah State Board of Education

Fix Your Content Day 2023 (Virtual)

18 May 2023 (Global)

Fix Your Content Day is a 24-hour contest committed to creating accessible and more inclusive digital learning content across classrooms and institutions globally. Join us on May 18 to make as many fixes as possible to course files and improve their accessibility using Anthology Ally (previously Blackboard Ally). Register now:

Learn more about Fix Your Content Day 2023 by Anthology Inc

GAAD 2023: Making Maps More Inclusive (Virtual)

18 May 2023 – 20 May 2023 Africa/Lagos (Nigeria)

This event would being contributors to Google Maps together to assess the improvements and how to make maps more helpful for PwDs and everyone.

Learn more about GAAD 2023: Making Maps More Inclusive by One Accessibility Initiative

Improve Bitcoin Wallet Accessibility (Virtual)

18 May 2023 | 12:00 AM-12:00 PM Europe/Berlin (Global)

In the spirit of our motto “Design Bitcoin for Everyone”, we will spend this day raising awareness on common accessibility issues in bitcoin applications, with a focus on hands-on finding, reporting, and fixing problems. Everyone is invited to join us, see the event page for details (will be updated as the day comes closer).

Learn more about Improve Bitcoin Wallet Accessibility by Bitcoin Design Community

#LabelYourControls (Virtual)

18 May 2023 | 12:00 AM-11:59 PM (India)

Celebrate GAAD with BarrierBreak and work towards making the digital world more accessible. Join us in our #LabelYourControls Campaign! Labels play an important role in making user interface controls more accessible. Throughout the day, we will be sharing valuable tips on how designers, developers, & content creators can create labels that are truly accessible. Follow #LabelYourControls Stay Tuned:

Learn more about #LabelYourControls by BarrierBreak Solutions Pvt Ltd

GAA’day Challenge (Virtual)

18 May 2023 | 12:00 AM-11:59 PM Australia/Brisbane (Australia)

At ADCET we are celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day (Thursday, May 18, 2023) with a series of three challenges for universities and Vocational Education and Training providers within Australia to experience just a few accessibility barriers and features in everyday work and life. We would love to hear your stories and experiences with the challenges, so please share them with us via email or on our social media by tagging ADCET and using the hashtag #GAAD. View the 3 challenges on our website

Learn more about GAA’day Challenge by ADCET

ADCET’s Accessibility in Action Awards Presentation 2023 (In Person)

18 May 2023 | 12:00 AM-11:59 PM Australia/Brisbane (Australia)

Join ADCET as we announce this years winners of the Accessibility in Action Awards. These awards are held in recognition of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) and recognise passion, innovation, good practice and leadership in accessibility. Our awards are held annually in line with GAAD which occurs every 18 May. The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion, and the more than one billion people with disabilities/impairments. The webinar is free to attend and it will be Auslan interpreted and live captioned.

Learn more about ADCET’s Accessibility in Action Awards Presentation 2023 by ADCET

Get an IAAP approved A11y Collective course for a price of your choice! (Virtual)

18 May 2023 – 19 May 2023 | 12:00 AM-11:59 PM Europe/Amsterdam (Netherlands)

The A11Y Collective is the e-learning platform for anyone who wants to learn more about web accessibility. We offer IAAP approved courses on accessibility basics, accessible design, code and content and we offer masterclasses and advanced coding courses. On Global Accessibility Awareness Day we want to give everyone the chance to enroll in one of our courses by letting you decide the price yourself.

Learn more about Get an IAAP approved A11y Collective course for a price of your choice! by The A11y Collective

GitHub Day of Learning: Accessibility (Private/Internal)

18 May 2023

We have our monthly Day of Learning, which is the 3rd Thursday of the month. So to coincide with GAAD, we are making this Day of Learning Accessibility-themed!

We have four sessions: 

  1. Joe Devon, the Story of GAAD. Joe will share the origins of GAAD and how it has grown into such a global, energizing event inspiring accessibility awareness. We are excited to host Joe for this internal talk! 
  2. Keyboard Navigation, Shortcuts, and Accessibility: Do you know the difference between keyboard navigation and shortcuts? Keyboard interactivity on a website can greatly expedite a user’s efficiency–or so we think. This session hosted members of our very own Accessibility Design and Engineering teams at GitHub will talk about the difference between keyboard navigation versus shortcuts, how to avoid common pitfalls when creating shortcuts, and how to create scalable solutions that benefit all GitHub users.
  3. Neurocats, the Community of Belonging (CoB) aims to give neurodivergent Hubbers a voice at GitHub. Owen Niblock will discuss some ways GitHub employees can build websites with Neurodivergent folk in mind and then we’ll have a round-table chat about that subject with Neurocats and Accessibility team members.
  4. Making your README Accessible
    We will have a 30-minute guided session for GitHub employees to show how to use tools like browser extensions or GitHub Actions to check their markdown content like README files for accessibility. We will build in time for people to test and fix their README, and help make GitHub a more inclusive and accessible platform!  
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