Global Accessibility Awareness Day

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Marc Vickers - AGIMO
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May 9 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), which has been created to promote greater awareness about Digital Accessibility to all individuals. In support, all Australian Government departments are encouraged to help promote greater digital accessibility and to focus on educating users this week. A range of participation activities are suggested on the Global Accessibility Awareness Day participation page.

All web users are encouraged to experience accessibility first hand by:

  • Going mouseless for an hour – using just a keyboard to navigate;
  • Trying out a Screen reader – to simulate reader verbally
  • Turning off your audio when watching a video

By participating in this way, users begin to understand the importance of web accessibility. Improving the accessibility and usability of government websites and online services is a priority for the Government and is part of the APS ICT Strategy and required under the Australian Web Accessibility National Transition Strategy.

For further information on accessibility, be sure to watch FAHCSIA’s Web Accessibility video featured previously on our blog and read about how people with disabilities use the web from W3C.

Let us know how you go experiencing accessibility.

Last updated: 08 August 2016