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
Sundae Delgado, an Instructional Designer for DES, who has done amazing work towards getting their eLearning Accessible, created a video that tells the story of her journey to accessibility.
Sundae will be speaking at Global Accessibility Awareness Day Olympia 2016 on May 19th @ 1500 Jefferson in Olympia Washington.
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.
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)
(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
Software as a Service and Contractor Responsibility
Section 508 Procurement Playbook
Thanks for the great comment!
I plan to attend again this year because the last time I attended this event was time very well spent. The presenters shared their challenges navigating inaccessible webpages from several first-hand experience perspectives. They not only brought home the need for accessible design but had lots of good tips for easily accomplishing this essential web design goal – and they even shared their contact information, if you found yourself with more questions later. The event was well-attended and good questions from the crowd were thoughtfully answered by the presenters. Thanks to Ryan for organizing!
Global Accessibility Awareness Day
May 21st, 2015
3pm to 4:30pm
General Administration Building
Auditorium, 1st Floor
210 11th Ave SW
Olympia, Washington 98501
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.