The 11th Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) is being celebrated across the world today, Thursday, May 19, 2022. The main purpose of GAAD is to create an awareness and discussion around digital accessibility/inclusion and the more than 1 billion people around the world who have a disability or impairment that rely on accessibility.
Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) was launched in May 2012 and is observed every third Thursday in May. It was originally inspired by a blog written by a web developer, Joe Devon in 2011, targeting developers, to work together to bridge the accessibility gap by raising awareness.
Every person deserves an accessible web experience. Someone with a disability must be able to experience web-based services and consume online content with the same positive outcome as those without disabilities.
State of Accessibility
In February 2022, WebAIM analysed one million home pages for accessibility issues and found the following:
Here is a chart highlighting the home pages with most common WCAG failures (% of home pages):
Home pages with most common WCAG 2.0 failures
Population affected by Inaccessibility:
The most common disabilities are:
Here are some of the Common accessibility issues that you can fix today to remove barriers and unlock the possible
Whom does this benefit?
If we look at the progress made on accessibility over the past decade, it leaves a lot to be desired. But if each one of us, whether a designer, developer, tester or user, took it upon themselves to advocate, raise awareness, educate about accessibility, then we’re that much closer to a more inclusive future!
From all of us at codemantra, Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day!
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