A decade of Global Accessibility Awareness Day!
Today, 21st May 2021, marks the 10th annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)!
GAAD is an awareness day that aims to bring the spotlight to digital inclusion and accessibility, a concept that directly impacts more than one billion people with disabilities and impairments. For the last ten years, the Global Accessibility Awareness Day has taken place on the third Thursday of every May.
Why is digital accessibility so important?
Digital accessibility is crucial to creating equal access and online opportunity for all individuals. For individuals with disabilities, inaccessible websites can create barriers to information, products, or services.
Digital accessibility can also greatly improve the usability and inclusion of digital platforms for aging users or those with situational or environmental disadvantages.
Are we becoming more inclusive?
According to The WebAIM Million, an annual accessibility analysis of the top 1,000,000 home pages, we're slowly headed in the right direction. That's why days like GAAD are extremely important for continually raising awareness.
The report stated that they've seen small decreases in the number of detectable accessibility errors and WCAG conformance failures, significant work remains to be done to make the web accessible to everyone.
Here are key takeaways from their report:
- The number of errors per page decreased by 15.6% between February 2020 and February 2021
- 97.4% of home pages had detectable WCAG 2 failures
- Across the one million home pages, there was an average of 51.4 errors per page
- 26% of all home page images (10 per page on average) had a missing alternative text
So, how can you get involved in GAAD and digital accessibility?
- Be accountable for your website and digital assets and conduct an accessibility audit to determine whether or not your website is accessible
- Keep up to date with current standards through w3
- Take advantage of Internetrix’s Ultimate Guide to Web Accessibility.
- Share this blog or the GAAD website with your friends, family or business to help increase awareness of digital accessibility
- Get involved in one of the many GAAD events taking place around the world
We hope you take part in today's conversation and learn as much as you can about digital accessibility!