Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2019

Chicago Digital Accessibility and Inclusive Design
Chicago Digital Accessibility and Inclusive Design
Public group


500 W Madison St · Chicago, IL

How to find us

Take the escalators or elevator to the 3rd floor for security check in. Then on to the 22nd floor for the event.

Location image of event venue


As part of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), we’re celebrating this day by hosting four disabled panelists:

- Allen West (blind), Adaptive Technology Instructor
- Carly Ho (autism / invisible disability), Engineer
- Liz Davis (wheelchair user), UX/UI Designer
- Melissa Manak (deaf/hard-of-hearing), UX/Interaction Designer

In a format similar to speed dating, groups of attendees will visit each panelist, listening and learning from their insights. After 15 minutes, the group will rotate to the next panelist.

- 5:45 pm: Doors open to attendees
- 6:10 pm: Housekeeping announcements
- 6:25 pm: Panel Introductions
- 6:30 pm: Panel begins
- 7:30 pm: Panel ends / Social begins
- 8:00 pm: Social / Event ends

This meetup is great for everyone, especially for those wanting to learn how to advocate for better accessibility and inclusive experience.

About the Venue Sponsor

Accenture ( solves their clients' toughest challenges by providing unmatched services in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations.

- Has gender neutral restrooms
- Has elevators
- Service animals welcome

Take the escalators or elevator to the 3rd floor for security check in. Because of building policy, attendees will need to check-in at the security desk and present a photo ID. Then on to the 22nd floor for the event.

Accenture is providing food and drinks: Cheese and fruit trays, with baked goods, including gluten free sweets too. Accenture can also hold a plate in the back for anyone observing Ramadan.

Due to this type of event, it will not be live streamed or captioned.

An Accessible Experience

If you need accommodations for this event, comment/message here in Meetup or at [masked] as soon as possible, so we can ensure it.

This event will have American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters for attendees. If you need Pro-Tactile sign language interpreters, let us know and we’ll work to secure them.

ASL Interpreting is sponsored by McDonald’s Corporation (Accessibility, Global Digital Capabilities)

We’ll update this event page to note any new accessibility info.