According to the Australian Human Rights Commission, nearly four million Australians have a disability. That’s nearly 20 percent of our country’s population, and for context, Melbourne has just over five million residents. We all have a role to play in making sure that venues, events and the digital sphere are accessible to all, which is what spurned the advent of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD).
Celebrated on the third Thursday in May every year, GAAD aims to raise awareness of how someone with disabilities may experience web-based content compared to those without disabilities. In 2020, WebAIM analyzed a million homepages for accessibility and found that 98 percent of them had at least one accessibility flaw related to text, images, sounds, and structure.
At Time Out, we are working to make our content more accessible to people with visual or hearing disabilities by adding alternate and descriptive text to multimedia, using descriptive URLs, and adding warnings to content that may affect light-sensitive people . We also strive to promote wheelchair-accessible bars and restaurants and inform readers when an event we’ve featured may pose accessibility issues. It is always being worked on and we welcome suggestions on how we can continue to make our content more accessible.
Wondering how you can do your part for this GAAD? Find a list of local and digital events like accessibility boot camps, webinars and learning experiences here, spread awareness about GAAD through your platforms, or use this guide to make sure all the content you create is accessible to everyone.