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Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2018

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On May 17, 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.


6:00 PM Meet, Greet & Eat

7:00 PM Main Presentations


History of GAAD

Joe Devon, Co-Founder of GAAD, will discuss the history of GAAD so far, from formation to how far it has come in 7 years.

Joe Devon is a serial entrepreneur, including founding roles in Diamond, Television Four (Broadband Media Startup) & Global Accessibility Awareness Day (soon to be a 501c3). Joe has over 20 years of development experience in high profile projects spanning Digital Media, Search Engines, Performance Management; for Internet backbone providers, Investment Banks, Telcos, Big Pharma & Big Media. In addition to starting several companies, Joe serves/d on the boards of leading development industry conferences (Zendcon, Semtech), Cross Campus, LAX Chamber of Commerce & Empowertech.

Accessible Data Presentation: Fun and Useful at the Same Time

Devorah Firestone is an accessibility engineer, and trainer with over 14 years of experience focused on the design, development, and testing of internet, mobile, and client software applications. Currently working for Optum Technology, she has worked for government clients US Postal Service, Department of Homeland Security, and the FDIC, as well as private clients like America Online and Volkswagen. She loves to teach, act, practice martial arts, and meet new people.

Implement Good Usability for Accessible Mobile App Efforts From Multiple Business Functions

In Newsroom, Joanna Chan worked with the UXRA team to understand how accessibility users interacted with their mobile apps and engineered out a list of accessibility improvements that improve user interactions and help to increase in content consumption. In this talk, Joanna will share what she learned from her journey to produce a better, usable, accessible app.

Joanna is a senior software engineer in Media Brands & Product organization at Oath and lead iOS engineer on Yahoo! Newsroom app. In her current role, she involves fully in the entire software development cycle focusing on application architecture design and front-end development best practices. She worked closely with UX experts, products and designers to understand user experience and iterate design to improve user interactions. Joanna has over 10 years of industry experience in native app, desktop web front-end development at both enterprise and startup companies and is passionate about striving innovation to deliver high quality, accessible product.


OATH strives to provide a high quality and inclusive experience for all our users across all products. However, as software evolves to new complexities, product shipments become more frequent, designs take more interactive forms, it becomes more challenging to design and engineer accessibility.


11975 W. Bluff Creek Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90094

OATH is right at the corner of Centinela Ave. & Bluff Creek Dr. so make sure not to miss the driveway to the parking lot.

Guests can pull in to the lot there, and park in any open spot. They have tandem parking, so please don't park behind anyone else (blocking them in).


Guests can get their parking tickets validated right before they leave (from the front desk in Bldg 5). There is onsite security 24/7 who can assist.

Learn more about GAAD!
Twitter: @gbla11yday (
Hashtag: #GAAD