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!

Great Comment on Olympia GAAD!

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!

Great Comment on Olympia GAAD!

History of Global Accessibility Awareness Day

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.

History of Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Global Accessibility Awareness Day OpenSpace Olympia

On May 21, I invite you to attend an OpenSpace meeting for Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of the day is to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) accessibility and users with different disabilities.

http://globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org/

The target audience of GAAD is the design, development, usability, and related communities who build, shape, fund and influence technology and its use. While people may be interested in the topic of making technology accessible and usable by persons with disabilities, the reality is that they often do not know how or where to start. Awareness comes first.

This year’s GAAD Olympia will be an OpenSpace meeting with no preset agenda. If you have topics you would like to present on or discuss during the meeting, please be at the meeting area by 2:30pm.

This meeting is open to the public.

Please invite others.

Please contact me if you have questions.
ryan.leisinger@ocio.wa.gov

Where
General Administration Building
Auditorium, 1st Floor
210 11th Ave SW
Olympia, Washington 98501

When
May 21st, 2015
3pm to 4:30pm

Individuals with disabilities requiring ADA reasonable accommodations, contact ryan.leisinger@ocio.wa.gov to request for an accommodation.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day OpenSpace Olympia