Events not to miss for GAAD 2021

Thursday 20 May 2021 marks the tenth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). 

The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion, and the more than one billion people with disabilities/impairments.

Here are some of the ways you can get involved:

1. Watch the webinar with GAAD co-founders

Find out the GAAD co-founders' accessibility tips for the future - we recently spoke to GAAD co-founders, Jennison Asuncion and Joe Devon, as part of our Accessibility Insights webinar series.

Watch the webinar recording where GAAD's co-founders discuss hybrid events and the #GAADPledge, and more:

(Download the transcript).

2. Attend our free Dementia-friendly design webinar 

Access the webinar recording of our Dementia-friendly design webinar from Tuesday 18 May. Get expert tips from AbilityNet Accessibility and Usability Consultant, Daniel Mclaughlan about designing websites for dementia. His suggestions will help you build websites with inclusive design best practices that are better for everyone.

Access the webinar recording 


3.  Come to our training course - Creating accessible graphics and social content

On our popular training course this week, taking place on GAAD, you'll learn how to create accessible graphics and images, and leverage accessibility functionality on social media platforms. 

Attend our training course


GAAD special offer: For 20 May only we are pleased to offer a 10% discount on our accessibility training courses. Visit our Training section and use code GAAD10 for 10% off any of our upcoming courses. Offer begins 12.01am on Thursday 20 May 2021 and ends at 11:59pm BST.

4. Attend Texthelp's Festival of Accessibility

 Festival of Accessibility flyer - Robin Christopherson shown with illustrated fireworks in the background

We're delighted to be part of this event, with AbilityNet's Head of Digital Inclusion, Robin Christopherson, speaking about the future of accessibility, on two sessions - individually and as part of a panel session. The sessions will air from 10.15am to 10.45am and at 3.35pm to 4.30pm BST. 

Accessibility law and how to check your website for the top 5 WCAG errors, 1.15 to 2.10pm includes image of Zenab Khan

Zenab Khan, Accessibility and Usability Consultant at AbilityNet, will also be sharing how to check for the most common web accessibility errors. Zenab will be speaking on the session: Accessibility law and how to check your website for the top 5 WCAG errors, from 1.15pm to 2.10pm.

Sign up for the sessions

5. Attend the Charity Digital #BeMoreDigital Marketing Day

This event, also taking place on 20 May, is set to be full of inspiring sessions from charity and tech experts. We're excited to contribute to a session at 1.30pm - 3pm, on accessibility best practices for digital marketing professionals.

The session will be hosted by two of our Accessibility and Usability Consultants, Jess Cahill and Arnaud Ramgoolam.

Attend the marketing session


Registration closes Tuesday 18 May.

6.  Choose from 100+ GAAD events and activities

Visit the GAAD website for a comprehensive list of all the GAAD events and activities taking place this year, around the world.

Need accessibility training for your team? Find out more about our training courses for a range of roles.

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