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Level Access Celebrates GAAD

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Written by: Kim Phillips

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) was launched in 2012 with a goal to get people talking, thinking and learning more about digital accessibility and inclusion. Seven years later – GAAD is now recognized around the world, with events in over 19 countries on 6 continents. Recognized on the third Thursday in May each year, this global event inspires a growing list of in-person and virtual events each year.

Level Access is celebrating and promoting GAAD this year with over a half dozen events and activities for customers, employees, and the community at large.

Check out the list of events and activities and join us in celebrating accessibility and inclusion.

In-Person Events

May 15: #InnovationAtWork (Washington, DC)

Person using a virtual reality headsetThe USDA TARGET Center’s #InnovationAtWork Technology Showcase and Training Event brings together accessibility, assistive technology, and ergonomics professionals to share current trends and new technology to support employees, colleagues, and customers with disabilities. Level’s Chief Accessibility Officer Jonathan Avila will be presenting Accessibility within AR/VR at the event, discussing the value of Augmented and Virtual Reality environments for the inclusion of people with disabilities, and unique ways AR/VR can solve some of the challenges they encounter. Team members will also be on hand at the Technology Showcase to demonstrate how we use our technology to help partner companies ensure their systems are accessible.

May 15-17: John Slatin AccessU (Austin, TX)

Elle WatersHeld annually at St. Edwards University, AccessU brings together the world’s leading experts for three days of hands-on digital accessibility training. Level Access’s VP of Community and Global Development Elle Waters will be presenting Excellence at Scale: Building a Sustainable, Cost-Effective Accessibility Program on May 16th, examining the 5 key components represented in every successful accessibility program, common pitfalls, and how to avoid them.

May 17: Global Accessibility Symposium (Mountain View, CA)

Lauren Hrabsky and Mike SchutteLevel Access is a proud sponsor of this year’s Global Accessibility Symposium & Career Exploration Summit at the Computer History Museum, which brings together accessibility pioneers and leaders to share how they shape the world of technology and media in the workplace, marketplace, classrooms, and boardrooms, and illuminates the unique untapped power of the disability market. Several members of our team will be attending the event, including our Corporate Recruiter, Lauren Hrabsky, who will be available at our booth throughout the event to review resumes and meet with participants who want to learn more about careers in digital accessibility, and Mike Schutte, whose own pioneering history and career in digital accessibility and assistive technology started in the mid ‘80s with the earliest Macs.

Online Events

May 16: ADA Legal Update Webinar

Kristina Launey and Jonathan AvilaWondering how—and when—the ADA and other accessibility laws apply to websites, mobile apps, and other digital content? Kristina Launey, Managing Partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP and co-creator of the popular ADA Title III Blog, will join Level’s Chief Accessibility Officer Jonathan Avila for ADA and the Internet – Legal Update at 2PM ET/11AM PT. Kristina and Jon will walk you through the current ADA litigation landscape including recent appeals court decisions and how they could affect your organization, and share strategies and best practices for managing risk in the face of rising digital accessibility litigation.

Facebook Icon - lowercase letter fMay 16th: Facebook Live-Stream

Join our lunch and learn live-stream! Accessibility Analyst Meaghan Roper and Chief Accessibility Officer Jonathan Avila will be discussing topics like disability etiquette, commonly asked questions, and assistive technologies used aside from the popular JAWS and NVDA. Make sure to tune in on Facebook from 12-1pm EDT!

Other Ways We’re Celebrating GAAD

Video: What Does Digital Accessibility Mean to You?

We’ve put together a video montage featuring some our awesome customers and partners sharing why digital accessibility is so important to them that will premiere on May 16th to commemorate this important day.

Customer Events

Several of our Accessibility Services team members will be speaking at customer events on the Global Accessibility Awareness Day.