global accessibility awareness day (GAAD)

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

There are over 1 billion individuals living with a disability worldwide.  Thursday, May 19, 2022, is the 11th Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD).  GAAD aims to get everyone talking, thinking, and learning about digital access ad inclusion.

global accessibility awareness day (GAAD)

What is digital accessibility?  According to GAAD’s website:

“Every user deserves a first-rate digital experience on the web. 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…” 

In 2020, WebAIM analyzed one million home pages for accessibility issues and found the following:

  • 98.1% home pages with at least one WCAG 2.0 failure
  • 60.9 average number of errors per home page

The causes of most common accessibility failures are:

  1. Low Contrast Text
  2. Missing Image Alt Text
  3. Empty Links
  4. Missing Form Input Labels
  5. Empty Buttons
  6. Missing Document Language

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day and create awareness, there are several events and activities to check out.

Click here to learn more about the GAAD Foundation!

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