Celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day

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Celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 16!

Global Accessibility Awareness DayOn May 16 we will celebrate the 13th Annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) because accessibility is for everyone! GAAD brings attention to the need for digital access and inclusion for more than one billion people with disabilities or impairments. “Someone with a disability must be able to experience web-based services, content and other digital products with the same successful outcome as those without disabilities.” Accessibility is defined in the dictionary as “the quality of being easily reached, entered, or used by people who have a disability.”

How does this affect your daily life?

Digital Accessibility

Digital content has become more prevalent in our lives; banking and shopping are now commonly done online, connecting with friends and family is done via social media or messaging platforms, and newspapers and magazines have moved away from printed form and focus more on digital content. With this shift from physical to digital, it is essential that digital content be accessible for those with disabilities.

What does digital accessibility mean for those who are blind or vision impaired? Digital accessibility includes:

  • websites navigable by keyboard
  • alternative text image descriptions
  • easy-to-read high-contrast font
  • audio descriptions or captioning for videos · interactive buttons, headers, and drop-down menus compatible with screen reading software

Accessible Printed Materials

Though most of our daily reading and activities may be done digitally, there is still a need for accessing printed materials. For those with low vision or a vision impairment, accessing printed text may be difficult or even impossible. Assistive technology devices make printed materials accessible through magnification or text-to-speech (OCR).

May Training Events

We are holding training events in May to help you integrate accessibility into your business, find the right low vision solution, or get the most out of your screen reading software.


Integrate Accessibility into Your Organization

Celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) with TPGi and learn from our team of experts how to integrate accessibility into your organization.

Thursday, May 16 at 11 am Eastern

Presented by: Mark Miller, David Sloan, David Swallow, and Ian Lloyd


An Introduction to OneNote with JAWS

We’ll provide an overview of the OneNote interface, plus show you how to organize, manage, and share notes to improve collaboration and productivity.

Thursday, May 16 at Noon Eastern

Presented by: Rachel Buchanan and Elizabeth Whitaker


Merlin elite Pro – The All-in-One Low Vision Solution

Learn how the Merlin elite Pro enables individuals with vision loss to continue reading and writing independently.

Thursday, May 23 at Noon Eastern

Presented by: Bill Kilroy and Shelly Klure


Interested in the topics but can’t attend the webinars? Register and we will send you the link to the archive once it is available.