Global Accessibility Awareness Day - May 17

We are living in a world shaped by change. In the last 20 years alone, advancements in technology have vastly revolutionised almost all aspects of our modern lives. For disability, this is only the beginning.

May 17 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day, a day to raise awareness about creating inclusive technologies that everyone can access. It started as an initiative for web developers to discuss and create accessible websites. The conversation is now a global reminder of how technology needs to be accessible by all.

Assistive technologies such as wheelchairs that can be moved with the touch of a finger, bionic eyes that can restore some vision to the profoundly blind, and 3D printing that can turn flat images into alternative art forms to be seen through touch, are just some examples of how tech changes the world for people with disabilities.

Our language must adapt too, especially so in the digital world. People With Disability Australia has a great list of terms for discussing disability inclusively. These up-to-date terms focus on the person, rather than the disability, and can help create a sense of empowerment and identity.

What else can you do to help? Tell as many people as you can about digital accessibility for people with disabilities. Try using only your keyboard to control your computer for an hour. Share this blog and encourage others to join in on the conversation. Think about how you can shape the digital world so that the future is a place all people can access.

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