Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2013

On May 9, we invite you to participate in Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of the day is to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) accessibility and users with different disabilities.

While the target audience of GAAD is primarily the design, development, usability and related communities, the event is open to anybody who may be interested in the topic of making technology accessible and usable by persons with disabilities.

We've got presentations from:

We’ve secured RMIT’s building 80 (The Swanston Academic Building) located at 445 Swanston Street as a venue, which not only looks cool but should also be sufficiently accessible.

Venue details:

Lecture Theatre
Swanston Academic Building
Bld 80, Level 2, Room 7
445 Swanston Street

RMIT City campus map: http://www.rmit.edu.au/maps/city
Swanston Academic Building info: http://www.rmit.edu.au/bus/sab

Accessibility:
Level 2 can be accessed street level from the Swanston Street entrance.

Catering:
Food and drinks are not allowed inside the lecture theatre, but there are places inside the building to buy drinks and snacks while while waiting for the presentations.

Please help us spread the word and make this event great by sending to those you think will be interested.

Finally, please confirm your attendance by RSVP'ing Yes via this meetup page

I hope to see you on the 9th of May.

Thanks,

Adem Cifcioglu

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  • Iza B.

    Finally, for all you AARDMAN's fans, here are links to Creature Discomforts - a series of animations they created for Leonard Cheshire Disability in the UK

    http://www.creaturediscomforts.org/
    http://www.youtube.com/user/Creaturediscomforts

    May 10, 2013

  • Iza B.

    Part 3:

    5. Try disability simulators

    See the world through the eyes of a person experiencing one of nine degenerative eye diseases, including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts:

    VisionSim (free Android app)
    play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.BrailleIns.App&hl=en
    and VisionSim (free iPhone/iPad app)
    itunes.apple.com/au/app/visionsim-by-braille-institute/id[masked]?mt=8

    Colour Blindness Simulator (online)
    http://www.etre.com/tools/colourblindsimulator/ Color Oracle (free for PC and Mac)
    http://colororacle.org/index.html WebAIM Dyslexia Simulation (online)
    http://webaim.org/simulations/dyslexia WebAIM Low Vision Simulation (online)
    http://webaim.org/simulations/lowvision WebAIM Distractibility Simulation
    http://webaim.org/simulations/distractability What's it like to be visually impaired?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9CawJSUy2c

    May 10, 2013

  • Iza B.

    Part 2:

    2. Browse the web with a screen reader and your monitor switched off

    NVDA free screen reader
    http://community.nvda-project.org/ 3. Experiment with accessibility features on your mobile device

    Five Great Ways To Use Accessibility Features For Your Own Benefit, Even If You Don’t Have A Disability
    www.cultofmac.com/225331/five-great-ways-to-use-accessibility-features-for-your-own-benefit-even-if-you-dont-have-a-disability-feature/ 4. Watch videos of people using Assistive Technologies

    Enable - People with Disabilities & Computers (6 Parts)
    www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF8DB5FAC[masked] Using a screen reader with the J K Rowling Harry Potter website
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZxr0snTp0k Running blind: How Simon Wheatcroft uses his iPhone to see
    www.pocket-lint.com/news/115557-simon-wheatcroft-iphone-runkeeper-blind-runner

    May 10, 2013

  • Iza B.

    Thanks to Adem for organising such great speakers and to everyone, who attended last night! :-)

    Here is a list of activities and handy sites I've prepared for our staff who wanted to participate in GAAD, but couldn't attend any of the events we've organised. There is a 1000 character limit on posts, so I'll have to send it in three parts.

    Please share these around.

    Part 1:

    1. Unplug the mouse for an hour and use keyboard to browse the web

    How to Use Your Computer Without a Mouse
    www.wikihow.com/Use-Your-Computer-Without-a-Mouse Back to Basics: Learn to Use Keyboard Shortcuts Like a Ninja
    lifehacker.com/[masked]/back-to-the-basics-learn-to-use-keyboard-shortcuts-like-a-ninja How to Use Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts
    email.about.com/od/gmailtips/qt/Use_Gmail_Keyboard_Shortcuts.htm

    May 10, 2013

  • Emily G.

    Great presentations, all! Definitely learnt a lot.

    May 10, 2013

  • ange

    Thanks for the great presentations and the team who organized it. Had some really useful take-away messages. Looking forward to seeing more of these and perhaps more on the techy side too

    May 10, 2013

  • Irith

    Thanks Kim and all the Stamford Interactive Folk for the card deck, noice!

    1 · May 10, 2013

  • Ben F.

    Awesome presentations tonight. I'd love to see some similar talks more than once a year! Also bring on the technical talks. I want all the gory details about some accessible dev work people have been doing, the more challenging the better. Maybe only in one out of the four presentations, to keep the night inclusive for people with various backgrounds, but I think it's time to start sharing the implementation side as well as the organisational and attitudinal.

    2 · May 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good times. And a souvenir!

    1 · May 9, 2013

  • Michael C.

    Amazingly awesome

    May 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My apologies but I had a bad night sleep with a chest infection and will take time to recover. All the best with the session. Hopefully people are tweeting so I can see the backchannel on Twitter

    May 9, 2013

  • Daniel S.

    Sorry, got another appointment and the same time. I will come to the next one!

    May 6, 2013

  • Adam K.

    Looking forward to co-presenting with Chris Mclay.

    April 23, 2013

  • Ben F.

    Sounds good. Being a Thursday I'll have something on beforehand, but I'll join you around 7-7:30.

    April 10, 2013

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