GAAD Olympia 2018 Speakers

Global Accessibility Awareness Day – the purpose of which is get people thinking, learning, and talking about accessibility in the digital world – is being marked on May 17 with a special two hour event in the 1500 Jefferson Building.

Coordinated by Ryan Leisinger, WaTech’s own accessibility coordinator who works in the Digital and Business Media Services Division, the day will be celebrated locally for the fifth time annually from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Confirmed speakers include WaTech Acting Director Rob St. John and Carrie Griffin Basas, director of the Office of the Education Ombuds.

Register online

For questions about event access or to request accommodations please contact Ryan Leisinger at 360-407-8687 or ryan.leisinger@watech.wa.gov. Two weeks advance notice will allow us to provide seamless access.

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GAAD Olympia 2018 Speakers

GAAD Olympia 2018

Thursday, May 17 2018 marks the seventh Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) access/inclusion and people with different disabilities.

On the 17th, we will be hosting the 5th Global Accessibility Day Olympia at the 1500 Jefferson Building in Olympia, WA.

The event is in the early planning stages, but the time is confirmed at 2pm to 4pm.

Mark your calendars and more details soon!

GAAD Olympia 2018

It Is Global Accessibility Awareness Day!

Wow, the 6th annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day is a busy one with events all around the world!

If you can’t attend an event, you can still participate.
Here are some ideas

  • Take some free training. Lots of opportunities out there to learn about accessibility online.
    Check out

  • Try out a screenreader. There are a number of free/open source screen readers available for Windows users. One of the more popular ones is NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA). Take a bit of time beforehand to download the software and learn some of NVDA’s documented basic keystrokes.

    Mac users, you have a built-in screen reader called VoiceOver on your systems. Take some time to visit the site referenced to familiarize yourself with how to turn on VoiceOver and some of the basic keystrokes.

    Windows OS has a built in reader called Narrator and Chrome has ChromeVox

  • Go mouseless. Try navigating your favorite website with keyboard only navigation
  • Write some awesome alt tags. All images on the web are need to have alternative descriptions to help screen reader users. Write useful descriptions for your images.
It Is Global Accessibility Awareness Day!

GAAD Olympia 2017 Speakers and Activities

The May 18th Global Accessibility Awareness Day Olympia will include presentations by Mark Adreon from Department of Services for the Blind, Jess Thompson from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and more.

After the presentations, we’ll do an open house set of demos on automated checking of websites, creating video captions and a demo of screen readers & other assisted technologies.

Automated checks – Bring a publicly available website and get a better understanding of access issues and learn what accessibility errors automated checking can find and not find.

Video captions – Find out more about best practices and lessons learned about adding captions to video projects.

Assisted & Adaptive Tech Demo – Department of Services for the Blind will demo technology that allows people with disabilities to successfully interact with digital services and content.

GAAD Olympia is open to the public.

Please register to help me track how many people are attending.

Registration in online at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/global-accessibility-awareness-day-olympia-2017-tickets-33912915443

GAAD Olympia 2017 Speakers and Activities

Save The Date – May 18th – Global Accessibility Awareness Day Olympia 2017

May 18, 2017, will mark the 6th Annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day and the 4th year in a row an event has been held in Olympia.

The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) access/inclusion and people with different disabilities.

The Olympia event will be at 1500 Jefferson Street SE, Olympia WA, room 1213, just off the main lobby on the first floor.

More details coming soon!

Save The Date – May 18th – Global Accessibility Awareness Day Olympia 2017