Answer: Apart from their shared status as Fortune 500 companies, each of these companies celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD).
While GAAD now enjoys this type of high-profile recognition, the commemorative date is the product of far more humble beginnings. The idea for GAAD started with a single blog post written by a web developer in 2011. Since its launch the following year, in May 2012, GAAD has grown to become a globally recognized event.
To commemorate GAAD 2020, the Office of Equity and Diversity and the Teaching and Learning Center have compiled a list of virtual events and activities. Join us in celebrating GAAD on Thursday, May 21, 2020, by participating in one of the following events:
- 2020 GAAD Panel: Today’s Challenges, Tomorrow’s Vision – May 21, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CT
- Basic Accessibility Fundamentals Bootcamp – May 21, 2020, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM CT
- Virtual Panel: Teleworking for People with Disabilities – May 21, 2020, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CT
- Equity in the Classroom: Ensuring Open Educational Resources (OER) Are Accessible to Everyone – May 21, 2020, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CT