Global Accessibility Awareness Day
May 9, 2013 8:43 AM Subscribe
Accessibility is what allows me to use things like a phone, computer, or an ATM. May 9th is all about this. -Tommy Edison, the Blind Film Critic. (previously)Global Accessibility Awareness Day is today. It's a day to consider how people with disabilities experience the web, software, mobile devices, games and so on, targeted towards designers, developers, usability professionals and others without much experience with accessibility. There are public events scheduled all over the world, as well as other accessibility-related events. To participate on your own, try one of the suggested activities: turn off your mouse or trackpad and use only your keyboard to navigate websites, try using a free screen reader, such as NVDA for Windows or the built in VoiceOver for Mac and iOS, try watching some streaming videos or movies with captions or add some of your own to a video you've uploaded. Then relax with a sample of described video: Katniss, from the Hunger Games, goes hunting.
More information about GAAD and accessibility:
A short video about GAAD from its founder, Jennison Asuncion, and a 2010 interview with Asuncion, part 1, 2 and 3. His personal Twitter feed, and the official GAAD twitter feed.
The post that inspired GAAD, by Joe Devon.
What can be done to make games more accessible? Includification provides some guidelines.
AppleVis is one of the best resources for blind and low vision Apple device users. Apple devices are very popular with this community, as many other devices have a long way to go as far as accessibility goes. However, Amazon, long criticized for the Kindle's total lack of accessibility, has just added VoiceOver support to the Kindle iOS app. A review of the app here.
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