What is Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2020 and how can you get involved?

Posted 3 months ago by Tim Lillyman

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As technology continues to be integral to most people's lives, the concept of web accessibility is growing more and more important every year. 

Web accessibility seeks to support all user groups, including those with disabilities, by making digital platforms easy to use, understand and access. 

What is the Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)?

The Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) takes place on the third Thursday of May every year and continues to raise awareness about web accessibility among the web community.

The GAAD was first launched in 2012 by Joe Devon and Jennison Asuncion, two accessibility experts that banded together to try and make accessibility practices more well known globally.

In 2020, the Global Accessibility Awareness Day has grown exponentially and now generates a lot of excitement in the web community. Now every year we see organisations all over the world band together to deliver some amazing and insightful virtual events, podcasts, and free resources to get as many people involved as possible. 

Why is GAAD so important in 2020?

In the last decade, we believe that the overall awareness and understanding of web accessibility has grown a lot, however the vast majority of business and digital platforms still fail to put accessibility first even though 1 in 5 Australians live with a disability. 

This has been highlighted by the recent WebAIM Million Report that analysed the homepages of 1 million websites and found that 98.1% of homepages still have evident Accessibility compliance issues.

A more shocking statistic drawn from this report is that the average number of errors on each homepage was 61 with the homepage with the most errors having over 24,000! 

A summary of the key results from the WebAIM Million Report, as seen on the official Global Accessibility Awareness Day website (www.globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org).

These statistics show that web accessibility is still not prioritised by many web creators and businesses. 

What can you do to get involved?

If you're looking to help spread the word, firstly thank you!

Here's a list of things you could do to support Global Accessibility Awareness Day in 2020:

  • Host or attend a virtual event 
  • Share this blog or one of a11y's free resources across your network of social media pages
  • Create a survey or talk to your website users about their experience on your website - see where you can make a difference through your digital platforms
  • Create an accessibility policy for your company or even just have a discussion with employees.

We hope you have a great Global Accessibility Awareness Day and are able to learn something new about web accessibility. 

If you would like to talk more about accessibility with our team of experts, get in touch.