Let’s Celebrate Accessibility & Inclusion
It’s the 3rd Thursday in May so I am writing my ritual blog post for GAAD (Global Accessibility Awareness Day)It seems like every day is a Global this or International that day – indeed, often days have multiple causes assigned to them. It can be all to easy to switch off & carry on as normal and to be honest a lot of the time I think that we all do.
Why do I choose to celebrate GAAD?
Firstly I live and work in accessibility:
- I’m immersed in it, I believe passionately that inclusion is good for both individuals and society.
- I use Assistive Technologies as well as supply them and I benefit from accessible products and features.
- As I have blogged previously 1 billion people with disabilities is not a niche, it’s a demographic megatrend.
Secondly, GAAD is a community day it’s not designed to raise money the sole purpose is awareness. Jennison and Joe the founders have done a great job of energising the global accessibility community to get behind the day and share their knowledge and experience.
GAAD is paying it forwards
It’s about sharing skills and knowledge with new people, exposing the wider world to the work that is important to enable many people to participate fully in an increasingly digital world.
Thirdly and it’s a related point, that sometimes working in accessibility can be a bit of a lonely job. Many colleagues are the only person in their company in that role so GAAD is also a chance to come together and celebrate with friends and make new ones.
GAAD is a day when we can help demystify accessibility
As Gareth Ford Williams says “Accessibility is not a dark art” today is our chance to shine a light on and spread the love for accessibility.
Along with the Atos team of Accessibility Specialists and a bunch of amazing speakers we’ll be gathering at our HQ in London for an all day celebration. We’ll be sharing stories and knowledge both hands on and virtually.
For those that are interested, there will be a captioned live stream of the presentations.
I plan to post the recordings afterwards for those that can’t be with us in the day.