Global Accessibility Awareness Day

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Thursday, May 21 2020, marks the ninth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access/inclusion and people with different disabilities.

The Digital team celebrated the day with a session opened to all the Scottish Enterprise staff.

bright yellow background and text stating: Global Accessibility Awareness Day - Thursday 21 May 2020 Scottish Enterprise

On the day

We had a quiz (sorry can’t share here) and had short presentations:

  • Accessibility (what it is)
  • Invisible disabilities – what they are and how it affects people
  • What Scottish Enterprise is doing – both for the staff and for our customers
  • Make your social media posts accessible – (how to)
  • Assisted digital users – who they are and how we support them
  • Simple things you can do and apply at work

The slides of the presentation from this morning session for all staff can be downloaded. There are lots of links to resources in there, so have a look.

Worth checking also these slides from a presentation by Kevin White: Introduction to Digital Accessibility – Head of Digital Accessibility at the Scottish Government.

Other resources:

Disability Sensitivity Training Video

Simulation of eyesight impairements

Advice about how to talk with someone, when there is also a BSL interpreter

(from this twitter thread)

Did you know: American Sign Language is closer to the French Sign Language then the British one, because it was introduced there by French people!

What Dyslexia can look like

Example of disabled people using tech

Perspectives videos from W3C

Videos of disabled people using tech – From axesslab

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