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Celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2016

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May 19 marks the fifth celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day—a day designed to “get people talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) accessibility and users with different disabilities.”

This year has seen some exciting developments in accessibility. Facebook, Twitter, Apple, Comcast, and Google have all announced major initiatives.

There have been setbacks, as well. Nearly six years after the Obama Administration publicly promised to make significant progress toward clarifying how the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act should continue to break down persistent barriers to inclusion and independence in a digital age, the Administration has yet to keep its word and allow the U.S. Department of Justice to move forward with meaningful federal rules on web accessibility that both advocates and industry groups have long sought.

The American Foundation for the Blind envisions a world where people with vision loss have equal access and opportunities. We are actively working to create a more equal, accessible world by:

Increase global accessibility today by contacting AFB to find out how we can help you engage with supporters and customers with vision loss.

If you have a website of your own, why not celebrate accessibility today by picking just one page and testing its accessibility with WebAim’s online tool WAVE? Or use their Color Contrast Checker to see if your site is low vision friendly. Visit W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative site and learn more about the guidelines, and how you can participate in updating them.

Let us know how you’re celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day in the comments, and follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #GAAD.

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Re: Celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2016

As the volunteer webmaster for, I decided to take your suggestion and pass one of my pages by WAVE. As someone whose eyesight is good enough that I've never had to learn to use a screen reader, but not so good that I can decipher little icons, I found the experience frustrating. Things became a little clearer once I realized that the explanatory panel in the left pane covers the menu it's trying to explain. I think WAVE found no problems on my page, although I'm not confident I understand WAVE enough to be sure. But a couple of minor improvements did occur to me in the process, so that's good.

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