Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2014

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May 15, 2014

This was a more in-person presentation about web accessibility issues in general.  We showcased some general issues and facilitating a bit of a discussion to raise awareness. We welcomed people from different backgrounds, including government services, universities and design agencies. The topic was addressed to a non-technical audience to raise awareness on accessibility.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) began pretty well this year for us. I started by participating in Inclusive Design 24 (#ID24) with a 7am presentation. For those who missed it the talk live, a recording should be available soon.  In the interim, I quickly posted the presentation to SlideShare. We wanted to talk about how Drupal got it's accessibility advantage. 

We are also happy that we were able to organize a sold out GAAD lunch talk at HubOttawa. This was a more in-person presentation about web accessibility issues in general.  We showcased some general issues and facilitating a bit of a discussion to raise awareness. We welcomed people from different backgrounds, including government services, universities and design agencies. The topic was addressed to a non-technical audience to raise awareness on accessibility.

My presentation at HubOttawa

In both presentations I mentioned the WAVE Toolbar and the following Chrome & Firefox color contrast extensions.

I also wrote a blog post, with help from the Drupal Association, talking about GAAD and Drupal's accessibility efforts.

Next step will be the International Accessibility Summit in Ottawa, organized by Carleton University, that will take place in July 12-15 at Ottawa's Convention Center. I will be presenting on how to make Web content accessible on July 13, so make sure you don't miss it!

I also wanted to thank Scott Vinkle ‏ for tweeting this photo and giving me permission to use it in the blog.

 

OpenConcept has made a big contribution to Drupal's accessibility over the years.  We also organized the A11yYOW conference in 2011 to bring together people interested in accessibility in the Ottawa area. 

About The Author

Mike Gifford is the founder of OpenConcept Consulting Inc, which he started in 1999. Since then, he has been particularly active in developing and extending open source content management systems to allow people to get closer to their content. Before starting OpenConcept, Mike had worked for a number of national NGOs including Oxfam Canada and Friends of the Earth.

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