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Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) 2013

About Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)

Thursday 9 May is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), a day dedicated to increasing understanding and stimulating discussion about digital accessibility and inclusion.

Inspired by a blog post from Joe Devon that accessibility know-how needs to go mainstream with developers now, Global Accessibility Awareness Day has been embraced around the world with events and activities all planned for 9 May.

About the Canberra GAAD event

The Canberra web accessibility community is hosting an evening of accessibility lightning talks and a general catch up.

We have an AMAZING line-up of speakers with accessibility stories to share. These folks are passionate about what they will be sharing with us and will introduce us to new ways of thinking about inclusion and technology.

So come hang out with us on 9 May, for an educational, casual evening where we learn and talk and grow.

Our presenters:

  • Enabling Environments - Huy Nguyen
  • A web video experience that doesn't suck - Christopher Giffard
  • Accessibility report structure - Danny Thomas
  • Testing with people with disabilities - Rhiannon Thomas
  • Mobile accessibility - Jake MacMullin
  • Accessible presentations - Andrew Arch


Got an idea for a talk? Please get in touch with Ruth or Andrew or post to this meetup group with your talk idea.

This event is for everyone: designers, developers, business analysts, business folks, Occupational Health & Safety people, disability policy folks and anyone interested in accessibility.

There will be some nibbles provided thanks to our supporters. Drinks will be available for purchase at the bar.

Previous GAADS and resources

Ideas from last year’s GAAD and resources are on the GAAD website.

Show your support for the effort and stay up to date by liking and sharing the global event's Facebook page. Follow @gbla11yday on Twitter and tweet using the #GAAD hashtag.

Our supporters

Digress Restaurant and cocktail barDigress Restaurant & Cocktail Bar - providing the venue

Stamford Interactive - helping you design inclusive user experiences

Want to help support this event? Money will be used to fund food on the night. Please get in touch :)

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  • Andrew A.

    Here's a version of my slides about accessibility at events -

    1 · October 15, 2013

  • Ruth E.

    Thank you to everyone for participating. Thank you to our speakers Andrew, Christopher, Danny and Jake for taking the time to put together their presentations. A big thank you to Greg zeng and Hugh Evans for stepping up and doing impromptu presentations :)

    May 10, 2013

  • Zaklina

    Thank for organising this meetup - great speakers, great information

    May 9, 2013

  • Lynn H.

    I haven't been well, I don't feel like coughing through another meeting. I'll catch up with you all another day.

    May 9, 2013

  • Jools

    Unfortunately I have been struck down by the lurgy as well. I was looking forward to meeting the people in this group - next time!

    May 9, 2013

  • Jenny B.

    Sadly - I have to cancel. Have come down with lurgy
    See you next time - Happy GAAD

    May 9, 2013

  • gregzeng

    28 years experienced with hemiparesis (35 to 63 yrs; ,TBI, MVA). 'Expert' on some disability technologies, espec ergonomics.

    May 8, 2013

  • Olya M.

    Sorry, unfortunately I will not be able to attend.

    May 8, 2013

  • Jason C.

    Sorry guys - I was really keen to attend for GAAD but have a midwife/baby briefing thingo on Thursday night. Have fun!

    May 6, 2013

  • Kanna D.

    Interested in learning more about accessibility, WCAG 2.0 compliance and associated project management.

    May 1, 2013

  • Andrew A.

    Would anyone like to talk about experiences with HTML5 and accessibility?

    April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Attending in CA, with you in spirit though in Australia ;)

    1 · April 12, 2013

  • Ruth E.

    I would love to see someone speak about their accessibility and mobile experiences.

    2 · April 11, 2013

  • Jenny B.

    I'd like to suggest as a topic "how to encourage assistive technology users to provide feedback"

    I haven't much experience with this myself, and my organisation cannot pay for this assistance, so any pointers others could provide would be welcome

    1 · April 10, 2013

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