Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) 2017

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Canal Building (Room 3101) at Carleton University

1125 Colonel By Drive, · Ottawa, ON

How to find us

(Canal building is on Library road. Parking Lot #1 on Library Road is few meters before the building. Parking Lot #2 is behind the building on Campus Avenue. R4 is right after the building (available for visitors after 5pm).

Location image of event venue


Join us on Thursday, May[masked] and mark the sixth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) access/inclusion and people with different disabilities.

• Agenda, map, location details on a11yYOW Website:

• More info about GAAD

Adrian Chan, professor and Chair READ Initiative (Research, Education, Accessibility, and Design) at Carleton University will share with us a new program at Carleton.

We will have the opportunity to listen to the Associate Deputy Minister, Yazmine Laroche, tell us about the ongoing government efforts in terms of accessibility and inclusion of persons with disabilities.

David MacDonald, president of CanAdapt and is in his 15th year with the WCAG Working group, will tell us about the upcoming updates to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

Special thanks to READ Initiative and Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

5:45 – Doors open - pizza, drinks and networking

6:20 – Open Remarks

6:30 – Carleton University announcement by Adrian Chan ( bio ( )

7:00 – Associate Deputy Minister Yazmine Laroche ( bio ( )

7:40 – Break

8:00 – About a11yQC by Nadine Tremblay (via web conferencing from sister event in Quebec City #a11yQC)

8:10 – Random Hacks of Kindness ( by Brett Tackaberry

8:20 – The new WCAG 2.1 by David MacDonald ( bio ( )

9:00 – Event ends