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A Global Day to Highlight Digital Inclusion for Users of All Abilities
AMI participates in this year’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day event on May 9, 2013 through a coverage of Canadian National Institute of the Blind-organized technology fairs in Ontario, Canada.
May 9, 2013 will mark the second edition of the Global Accessibility Awareness Day. The intent of the day is to coordinate a global, community-driven initiative whose goal is to raise the profile of and introduce to the widest possible audience the topic of digital accessibility for persons of all abilities.
With events taking place around the world in its first year, the day is becoming an annual focal point for the global digital accessibility community to focus its efforts towards awareness and advocacy. Guidelines and standards may provide direction and intent, but the understanding of their purpose will be found through networking, collaboration and practice.
"Many designers, developers, champions of information and communication technology (ICT) use, and others are unaware of what needs to be done and where they can go to learn how to make technologies accessible and inclusive to users with different disabilities. Another reality is that professionals who work in the field of digital accessibility often find themselves preaching to the converted. Global Accessibility Awareness day’s mission is to help improve these situations."
At AMI we recognize the importance of this day and that the key to its success is to get involved by promoting the tenets of digital accessibility awareness. To that end, on May 9, we will join one of our strategic partners, the Canadian National Institute of the Blind (CNIB) through participation in one of the many technology fairs that they host across the country to serve the needs of their clientele. Our coverage from that event in Kingston, Ontario will then be broadcast nationally on our weekly events highlights show 'AMI This Week' during the Canadian National Access Awareness Week that takes place later in the month.
The main venue from where events on the day will be coordinated and executed will be through social media, specifically Twitter. If you have an interest in this topic or would like to get started in on digital inclusion, it's very easy to get involved. Consider participating in an event organized in your area, by your community or choose to host one of your own. You may contact the event coordinators in Toronto and Los Angeles to have your event added to the list of those taking place on Global Accessibility Awareness Day.
The idea of a Global Accessibility Awareness Day started with a single blog post written by a Los Angeles-based web developer, Joe Devon. Jennison Asuncion, an accessibility professional from Toronto discovered Joe’s blog post purely by accident thanks to Twitter. After reading it, he immediately contacted Joe and they joined forces, leveraging their extensive and respective networks to realize the event.