Originally posted in The Jewish Week
Celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day, May 19th
Get ready to have your world rocked, because on Thursday, May 19, 2016, Accessibility Partners is celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). This is an international effort of disability and accessibility advocates with the overall goal of getting people talking, thinking and learning about digital accessibility and users with disabilities.
For a day of this magnitude, we want to bring the awareness to everyone: a free overview of your website’s homepage for accessibility OR a review of a document of up to 3 pages (Microsoft Word or PDF).
For the entirety of May 19th, between the hours of 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST, we encourage individuals with any website, big or small, to tweet @Access_Partners, Facebook, or e-mail (Info@AccessibilityPartners.com) us your URL and we will audit the homepage or document at absolutely no charge. It’s our way to celebrate! Following our review, we will supply a high-level, overview report with any areas that might not be accessible to a user with disabilities.
Please note that depending on scheduling and availability, this report will be generated after May 19th, but will be issued promptly to retain its timeliness. This is a tremendous opportunity to bring accessibility in areas where it isn’t even considered. We’re hoping organizations in all sorts of industries reach out to us for this offer, and want to get the dialogue rolling!
Our easy-to-follow report will include tips on how to fix those to promote web and document content that all can access. The goal of this offer is to stimulate discussion on the topic of web accessibility. The Internet fosters information exchange in both personal and professional spheres, and nobody should get left out of that experience. Too often, people do. Accessibility Partners wants to banish this.
According to the creators of GAAD, the target audience is the design, development, usability, and related communities who build, shape, fund and influence technology and its use. While people may be interested in the topic of making technology accessible and usable by persons with disabilities, the reality is that they often do not know how or where to start.
We’ll point you in the right direction—so get the balloons ready, we’re here to celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day!
As one of the foremost providers of accessibility services to commercial, government and educational organizations and associations, Accessibility Partners is eager to connect with members in the technology world to work together and improve accessibility for all.
Please reach out if you have any questions–thanks for celebrating with us!
Sharon Rosenblatt is an accessibility professional and advocate working to improve the overall web experience by a user with disabilities. With her tendency to be ‘hands on’, Sharon feels that accessibility is a human right, and not a ‘nice to have’. She has been a part of the Accessibility Partners team for the past six years, and specializes in document remediation and web/softwarecompliance testing. Her efforts have enabled developers and manufacturers to see the tremendous potential that accessibility has not just for users with disabilities, but of all abilities.
Read more at http://www.thejewishweek.com/blogs/new-normal/celebrate-global-accessibility-awareness-day-may-19th#azKJ7ZzUyX8HT8fJ.99