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

GAAD Olympia 2016 Speakers

The agenda for the Global Accessibility Awareness Day Olympia 2016 is taking shape. The event will be on May 19th, from 1pm to 3pm at the 1500 Jefferson Building, just off the Capitol Campus.

We expect a short introductory video prepared by Gov. Inslee and his staff to start the event followed by a presentation by the WaTech Communications Director Ben Vaught on the importance of digital inclusion in Government Communications.

We will also be joined by Sundae Delgado, an Instructional Designer for DES, who has done amazing work getting their eLearning Accessible. Sundae will share her inspiring story as she has navigated accessibility standards, compliance and reality.

Next we’ll discuss some strategies for incorporating automated accessibility testing with functional testing and user testing, followed by an updated on the WA State Accessibility Policy, Standards and resources being developed.

We’ll leave time at the end for questions, discussion and open the floor for comments.


1500 Jefferson St SE, Olympia, WA 98501

GAAD Olympia 2016 Speakers

GAAD Olympia 2016

Global Accessibility Awareness Day Olympia 2016

Thursday, May 19 2016 and will mark the fifth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) and the 3rd Olympia GAAD Event. The purpose of GAAD is to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) accessibility and users with different disabilities.

GAAD Olympia 2016

Thank you!

Thank you everyone who attended and supported this year’s Olympia Global Accessibility Awareness Day!

Here are the topics we covered and several links.
Expect expanded blog posts on each topic soon.

Screen Reader Demo

Other Assisted Technology Devices

Police Driven Accessibility Awareness

Existing RCW 43.41a.125 (2)(c) (updated 4/26/2016: Comment – This was removed when WaTech was formed in July 2015)
http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=43.41a.125
(c) Consider and incorporate wherever possible ease of access to electronic technologies by persons with disabilities. In planning and implementing new public electronic access projects, agencies should consult with people who have disabilities, with disability access experts, and the general public.

Section 508 Refresh & DOJ

Accessibility Testing

Software as a Service and Contractor Responsibility

Section 508 Procurement Playbook
https://18f.github.io/508-procurement-playbook/

Accessibility Hackathon
http://18f.github.io/hackathons/a11yhack/
https://18f.gsa.gov/2015/04/07/icymi-a11yhack-accessibility-awareness-hackathon/

Thank you!