Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2015!

Global Accessibility Awareness Day


Did you know that Thursday, May 21 is 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 for users with different disabilities.

In Ontario, the Information and Communications Standard of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) kicked into effect on January 1, 2014. The AODA requires:

Any new public website or your existing site undergoes a significant refresh, the site and any of its web content published after January 1, 2012, must conform to the World Wide Web Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level A.

And beginning January 1, 2021:

All public websites and all web content on those sites published after January 1, 2012, must conform with WCAG 2.0 Level AA, other than providing captions on live videos or audio descriptions for pre-recorded videos.

Have you and your organization started to make your digital platforms accessible for users with different abilities? Here are some resources and events you can attend that can help!

Access ON – Information and Communications Standard Guide

Accessibility Camp Toronto

Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCAD University

Inclusive Media & Design at Ryerson University

Semaphore Lab at University of Toronto

Institute for Research on Digital Learning

EI Lab at University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Inclusive Design Institute

I am passionate about people and focused on developing meaningful opportunities for people with accessibility needs through social entrepreneurial initiatives in journalism, consulting, and arts. As a TED talks junkie, I would love to hear your story and ideas. Reach out and connect with me!


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