Come Celebrate GAAD by Learning about Accessibility!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

The University of Washington (UW) will celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on Thursday, May 16 by hosting short sessions on how to make technology more accessible. The event will host nine sessions featuring technology demos, discussions on accessible websites and technology, and offer resources and information on universal design and accessible technology. Find the schedule online.

GAAD was created to get everyone talking, thinking, and learning about digital access and inclusion for people with different disabilities.  It focuses on website, software, mobile, and other forms of online and technical tools that can be universally designed to provide access to all.

UW's Accessible Technology Services (ATS) is organizing the event, hosting talks on accessible PDFs, web and video accessibility, and how assistive technology works. ATS has also invited others to come and share about other accessibility tools and how usability and accessibility work in UX, and the Washington Assistive Technology Act Program​ (WATAP) is bringing various assistive technology that people could try out and experience for themselves.

GAAD started in 2015 and has gained traction ever since. Learn more about the sessions hosted and discover methods for considering accessibility in technology on the UW's Accessible Technology website.

UW staff, faculty, and students are invited to come explore accessibility with us on Thursday, May 16.