Archive for May, 2012

Celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day in Asia

May 7, 2012

Finally, a day dedicated to accessibility!

On May 9, we are going to celebrate the very first Global Accessibility Awareness Day. This awesome idea started from a blog post by Joe Devon, a developer based in Los Angeles, California.

The following information is taken from the website of the Global Accessibility Awareness Day:

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.

Everyone who supports accessibility is encouraged to provide a talk, conduct a hands-on demo, or do any activity that would make other people realize the importance of digital accessibility.

The website contains information about the events which organizations and companies will hold on May 9 in celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day. There I’ve read about upcoming sessions, meetups, and other similar events in America and Canada.

Seeing all these great events, I quickly thought about Asia, our own little corner of the world. Opportunely, there is a particular group in Asia which I’m happy to be part of. This dynamic group consists of former and present trainees of the Teruko Ikeda ICT Training Program conducted annually by the Japan Braille Library at St. Nicholas Home in Penang, Malaysia. Participants come from countries such as Bhutan, China, Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, The Philippines, and Vietnam. To keep in touch with each other, we have the Teruko Ikeda ICT blog and a very active Google group where we exchange information and help each other with regard to ICT-related concerns.

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