Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) is marked on the third Thursday of May each year. It is observed to raise awareness about accessibility from a technology perspective. The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking, and learning about digital access (web, software, mobile, etc.), as well as inclusion and people with different abilities.image of accessibility icons

Here are 3 ways to learn more about creating accessible experiences for the users and stakeholders you work with:

1. View this 7 minute webinar from the IEEE Digital & Creative Innovations Team. This webinar provides an overview of accessibility and its impact at IEEE as well as some takeaways for accessibility for websites and digital communications.

2. Get familiar with the IEEE Accessibility Statement, noted in the footer of IEEE websites.

3. To experience firsthand the level of digital accessibility for your content, the Global Accessibility & Awareness Day website suggests that you:

    • Go “mouseless” for an hour. Unplug your mouse and only use your keyboard to navigate and interact with your favorite websites and applications.
    • Use your keyboard zoom feature to enlarge fonts to 200% to see how content renders for those who use this feature.
    • Download a free, open source screen reader to surf the web for an hour and see how content is digested and distributed.

 

Did you know? About 3 in 10 IEEE members use assistive technology to support digital interactions, according to the 2019 IEEE Member Digital Interaction Survey. 

 

If you have any questions related to accessibility at IEEE, please direct them to accessibility@ieee.org.