Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Global Accessibility Awareness Day
Summary:

May 21st is Global Accessibility Awareness day, and we’re pretty excited about that. Hawk takes a look at some of the events that are taking place around the globe.

May 21st (tomorrow in this part of the world) is Global Accessibility Awareness day, and we’re pretty excited about that. There are a tonne of great events going on, and we thought we’d highlight just a few of those, in case you’re looking for a way to participate.

Before we get into that though, we want to show off something that we’re pretty proud of. To coincide with this event, we teamed up with the lovely folks from A11y Bytes to create a whiteboard animation about accessibility. Here it is:

You can find a full transcript of the video here.

And as promised, here are just a few of the many events that are taking place:

If you’re in beautiful Australia, don’t miss A11y Bytes Melbourne or Sydney. Pitched as a ‘dynamic fast-paced evening of lightning talks about digital accessibility and the needs and preferences of users with different disabilities’, A11y Bytes is back for its second year and is open to everyone, from novice to expert. Note: These events both take place this evening, May 20th AEST.

Kiwis get to celebrate along with the rest of the world, provided they are in Wellington, NZ. This month’s WWAM (Wellington Web Accessibility Meet-up) is a special celebration and attendees are encouraged to give a 2 minute presentation about what Accessibility means to you,  and what inspired you to be actively involved in improving it for others. There are prizes!

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If you’re in Toronto, Canada you’re in for a treat. Don’t miss out on hearing from the Classy Cyborgs at the Mozilla Community Space. Classy Cyborgs are a team of young people that came up with an innovative product for blind kids to learn braille, and have fun while doing it.

There are two events running in London, both of which sound pretty interesting. First up is an accessibility workshop titled “Are You Excluding a Fifth of the UK Population?“. The second event is a series of talks by leading academics and industry experts sharing their insights into why we haven’t yet solved the issue of accessibility.

Those of you in Bangalore, India have an interesting opportunity. Join the Inclusion App-athon and get your applications tested for accessibility.

If you’re not in one of those places, fear not – there are plenty of other events going on around the world. You can find the full list here. Better yet, because this is the internet, you don’t actually have to leave the house! There are a number of virtual events that you can join from the comfort of your own lounge.

So there you have it! Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day from all of us at UXMastery. We hope you find the opportunity to learn something new.

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Sarah Hawk
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