Tech is Everywhere, and Everyone Should Be Able to Use It – #GAAD 2017

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) is this Thursday, May 18th. The goal of GAAD is to spread the word about digital accessibility. Digital technology is everywhere: we work, play, and interact through websites, smartphones, tablets, apps, games, desktops, kiosks, and so on. We can bank while walking the dog, play with friends across the country, and work from almost anywhere. For people with disabilities, however, these devices may present as many barriers as they do opportunities to participate in the digital community. GAAD gets designers, developers, programmers, vendors, and users talking about digital accessibility and what it takes to create inclusive technology.

How do you start the conversation about digital accessibility? These resources from the NIDILRR community might be useful:

The GAAD community has some great events schedule for May 18th, including a virtual reality tour, “Walk with Someone Else’s Eyes,” demonstrating new technology that allows architects and designers to experience the world both built and imagined through the eyes of a person with visual impairments. Visit their Facebook page and Twitter feeds for more events all week!

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