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Global Accessibility Awareness Day

This year marks the 9th Global Accessibility Awareness Day #GAAD

The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) access/inclusion and people with different disabilities.

The target audience of GAAD is the design, development, usability, and related communities who build, shape, fund and influence technology and its use. While people may be interested in the topic of making technology accessible and usable by persons with disabilities, the reality is that they often do not know how or where to start. Awareness comes first.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day Background

The idea of a Global Accessibility Awareness Day started with a single blog post written by a Los Angeles-based web developer, Joe Devon. 

Jennison Asuncion, an accessibility professional from Toronto discovered Joe’s blog post purely by accident thanks to randomly coming across a tweet from Joe. After reading it, he immediately contacted Joe and they joined forces, leveraging their extensive and respective networks to realize the event.

Watch an interview of GAAD co-founder, Jennison Asuncion, conducted by Dr. Jonathan Hassell.

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