May 18th marks Global Accessibility Awareness Day.  The focus of this day is to raise awareness to those responsible for design, development, usability, and related communities who build, shape, fund and influence technology and its use. This day helps people figure out the age-old question of “Where do I start?” when it comes to making technology accessible and usable by persons with disabilities.

You too can join this initiative by going to the GAAD website and learning how to participate.  Some suggestions are

  • Go mouseless for one hour
  • Enlarge your fonts
  • Surf the web with a screen reader for an hour
  • Caption a video
  • If you are a web design, usability, web development, digital agency, digital accessibility or related firm, send an e-mail to your clients on or before May 21 to let them know that May 21 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day, with a link to www.globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org, drawing attention to how your firm supports

BridgingApps has come up with a list of apps that we feel are designed well for people with disabilities.  We appreciate the work of these developers and their mindfulness of people with disabilities when developing their apps. Check it out:

https://search.bridgingapps.org/lists/fc0ec40e-5311-4977-8645-39b3b66df991

If you are a developer and are curious about what features are important in making an app friendly to a person with a disability, check out our suggested app features list:

http://bridgingapps.org/i-am-a-software-developer/

Finally, here is a link to Apple’s accessibility page where you can learn more about features that have been built into Apple devices:

https://www.apple.com/accessibility/

 

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