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#OhMyGAAD - Are You Ready for Global #Accessibility Awareness Day? May 16, 2019

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Innovative educators can prepare for Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) which takes place on Thursday, May 16th. GADD was launched in 2012 to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) access/inclusion and people with different abilities. This is particularly important for educators because they understand the importance of creating inclusive content for students and families. They also understand that to prepare today's students for modern careers, they too must understand how to create accessible content from basic documents and presentations to their day-to-day interactions on social media.

Recognized on the third Thursday in May each year, this global event inspires a growing list of in-person and virtual events each year.

Seven-Day GAAD Challenge

One such event is being organized by website management company Siteimprove. You can join their seven-day GAAD challenge. It is designed to help you learn, share, and act on digital accessibility and inclusion. Join the challenge and you'll receive a daily email challenge that will help you make the world a little easier for everyone to navigate.

How does it work?

  • Sign up! It's free.
  • Once you sign up, you will join the seven-day email challenge delivered to your inbox with information, accessibility resources, and tips about digital accessibility.
  • Spread the word and encourage others to join. 

You can discover what else is going on by following Global Accessibility Awareness Day on TwitterFacebook, and by visiting their website

Lisa Nielsen (@InnovativeEdu) has worked as a public-school educator and administrator since 1997. She is a prolific writer best known for her award-winning blog, The Innovative Educator. Nielsen is the author of several booksand her writing has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times,The Wall Street Journal, Tech&Learning, and T.H.E. Journal.