Contributed by Mark Sadecki, edX Accessibility Specialist.
Today marks the 4th annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), an initiative I’ve participated in since GAAD’s humble start in 2012.
In early April of this year, edX reaffirmed its commitment to accessibility for individuals with disabilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, a project I worked very hard on for the greater part of the last year. EdX continues to demonstrate this commitment by considering accessibility at every step in the development life cycle, pushing the boundaries of existing educational technology by creating new platform features that can be used by everyone.
To mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2015, Fresh Tilled Soil invited a few people from the accessibility community to share their stories about how they got their start in accessibility and why their work is important to them. I hope you’ll listen to a few of these inspiring stories, and that they will give you a better idea of how someone can become involved in accessibility and the impact that effort can have on the lives of others.
If you happen to be in the Boston area tonight, I encourage you to stop by the offices of Fresh Tilled Soil where Chris Rodriguez, one of edX’s Front-end Developers will participate in a series of lightning talks and a panel discussion about web accessibility at this local GAAD event hosted by Refresh Boston, Fresh Tilled Soil, and Future Insights.