Global Accessibility Awareness Day

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Thursday May 20th, 2021 is the 10th Annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), an annual worldwide event that aims to raise awareness about the importance of digital accessibility in an increasingly diverse and inclusive society.

The organization’s web page connects you to some creative work being done by some interesting groups. If you are curious about tools for now and the future, click around.

Everyone knows one or more people whose vision is limited or non-existent. Shut your eyes and think of what they miss when they can’t see your well-designed clever meme.

Here are the most common ways we fail those people who can’t see as well as you do.

Causes of Most Common Accessibility Failures in percent of home pages. Low Contrast Text is 86.3 percent. Missing image alt text is 66 percent. Empty links is 59.9, missing form input labels is 53.8, empty buttons is 28.7 and missing document language is 28 percent.
Top Causes of Failures of Home Page Accessibility

You absolutely don’t have to use any fancy software in order to make sure your message as many people as possible. Here is the very simplest thing you can do. It only takes a few seconds. When you post on any social media or web site, be sure to type the text on the image and write a short but complete description of what is shown.

– Pat Adams