GAAD falls on the 3rd Thursday of May, the 20th 2021.
With so much of the content and information we consume accessible in a largely digital capacity, it is important that we ensure all websites are also inclusive to those with disabilities and impairments.
THE PURPOSE of GAAD?
To get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion.
DID YOU KNOW?
More than one billion people worldwide have disabilities.
WHAT IS DIGITAL ACCESSIBILITY?
Digital accessibility aims to ensure someone with a disability is able to experience web-based services, content and other digital products with the same successful outcome as those without disabilities.
COMMON DISABILITIES AND IMPAIRMENTS
People who are blind need alternative text descriptors for meaningful images and use the keyboard and not the mouse to interact with interactive elements.
People who are deaf or hard of hearing will need captioning for video presentations and visual indicators in place of audio cues.
People with motor impairments may need alternative keyboards, eye control or some other adaptive hardware to help them type and navigate on their device.
An uncluttered screen, consistent navigation and the use of plain language would be useful for people with different learning disabilities/impairments.
Learn more about GAAD HERE, and how you can help raise awareness.