It started with a post by Joe Devon from November 2011, CHALLENGE: Accessibility know-how needs to go mainstream with developers. NOW, that was read by Jennison Asuncion, an accessibility professional from Toronto.
The two coordinated to create the first Global Accessibility Awareness Day.
The first event in May of 2012 asked people to connect with the purpose of getting people talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) accessibility and users with different disabilities.
Twelve in person events were organized in 2012, with a handful of digital webinars and phone calls. The event showed modest growth in 2013, with an explosion of events in 2014 including the first GAAD Olympia Event.
Watch the interview below with Jennison Asuncion.