Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Rosemary Deininger

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May 15 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), which has been created to promote greater awareness about Digital Accessibility for  everyone.

In support, all Australian Government departments are encouraged to help promote greater digital accessibility and to focus on educating staff this week. Our Accessibility folks have created an  awareness kit  which includes interesting facts, a range of educational videos, observations and stories to help explain how [in]accessibility impacts people. 

I invite you to participate in raising awareness by joining the Department of Finance in encouraging everyone to experience accessibility first hand by:

  • Going mouse-less for an hour – using just a keyboard to navigate the web
  • Trying out a Screen reader – to simulate web browsing verbally
  • Turning off your audio when watching a video
  • Access online material using ONLY a mobile device

Once you’ve tried it ‘spread the word’ by communicating, sharing or discussing your experience:

  • include #gaad  #a11y  #ausgov in your tweets
  • comment and ‘like’ comments on Facebook
  • write a blog or like someone else’s
  • challenge a friend

Improving the accessibility and usability of government websites and online services is a priority for the Government as part of its commitment to deliver Convenient Services Anywhere Anytime, supported by the Web Accessibility National Transition Strategy.

For more 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.


Rosemary Deininger
First Assistant Secretary,
Efficiency, Assurance and Digital Government

Last updated: 19 August 2016