Global Accessibility Awareness Day: May 9

Here at ProfHacker, we’ve published a number of posts about accessibility for people with disabilities. For example, I’ve shared “5 Suggestions Concerning Disability, Accommodation, and the College Classroom,” addressed “Academic Resources and Universal Design,” shared some thoughts about “Universal Design, Usability, and Accessibility,” and written several posts about “Accessibility in a Digital Age.” So I was interested to learn that May 9 has been designated as Global Accessibility Awareness Day, described as “a community-driven effort to dedicate one day to raising the profile of digital accessibility and people with different disabilities to the broadest audience possible.”

What does this mean?

  • Several different public events are taking place, both online and in person.
  • People are encouraged to “experience accessibility first-hand” for an hour, relying solely upon the technologies and strategies that people with different disabilities use with digital resources.

To learn more about Global Accessibility Awareness Day

How about you? Do you have any plan to observe this day? Alternately, what efforts are underway where you work aimed at addressing accessibility in digital environments for people with different disabilities? Let us know in the comments.

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