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.
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  • 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.

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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

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