The Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 9, 2013

Last year, the Teruko Ikeda ICT Group celebrated the first ever Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 9. This year, as advocates of accessible online information, the group is continuing to support this special global event by holding various accessibility-related activities in Asia and the Pacific.

Some of the Teruko Ikeda ICT Group members who will conduct accessibility talks and activities are Minnie Aveline Juan from the Philippines and Julius Charles Serrano, also from the Philippines and currently in New Zealand. Topics of their talks will include, but are not limited to:

  • Descriptive Text Equivalents: Providing clear and descriptive alternative texts for images in websites
  • Keyboard Accessibility: Ensuring that all links and controls on web pages are accessible via the keyboard
  • Appropriate Semantic Elements: Using the correct tags e.g. headings should be marked up with h1, h2, h3, etc
  • Text Readability: Creating shorter paragraphs and blocks of text, and using easy-to-understand language
  • Accessible Social Media: Providing captions for uploaded images, appropriate areas to put social media buttons, using accessible social networking clients

The Teruko Ikeda ICT Group believes that the Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 9 is one of the best ways to promote accessible information for people with disabilities and for non-disabled people as well.

About the Global Accessibility Awareness Day

The Global Accessibility Awareness Day is a community-driven effort whose goal is to dedicate one day to raising the profile of and introducing the topic of digital (web, software, mobile app/device etc.) accessibility
and people with different disabilities to the broadest audience possible. Learn more by visiting the Global Accessibility Awareness Day website.

You can support this event by visiting and liking the Facebook page for the Global Accessibility Awareness Day. You can also follow the Global Accessibility Awareness Day on Twitter and tweet using the #gaad hashtag.