We Are United In Accessibility | Celebrating GAAD, May 21, 2020

Tarveen Kaur May 20, 2020
Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) is recognized annually on the third Thursday of May. For all of us, it’s an opportunity to celebrate how technology in Education is becoming more usable and accessible for people with disabilities. The target audience of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) is the design, development, usability, and related communities who build, shape, fund and influence technology and its use. While many organizations like us may be interested in the topic of making digital learning accessible and usable by persons with disabilities, the reality is that they often do not know how or where to start. Hence, awareness comes first! Thanks in part to GAAD, now in its ninth year, awareness of the importance of digital and web accessibility is increasing, and people, institutions that develop and influence K-12/Higher Education by means of creating, building, and distributing digital learning products and services are becoming more responsive to this need. Along with GAAD, we at Magic EdTech also believe that one way to make services as easy to use as possible is to raise awareness of accessibility. This is why we’re proudly celebrating the ninth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on 21 May 2020 with a whole day of virtual activities by our employees. Alongside this agenda, we’re also encouraging our employees to raise awareness within their network by sharing their own content on social media platforms using the hashtag #gbla11yday. By the way, not just our employees, if you are reading this blog, please feel free to share your story, insights or experiences around accessibility using the hashtag #gbla11yday So what exactly we’re doing on the day? Well, despite the challenges of working remotely, our team at Magic is motivated to propel the awareness about making accessibility a mainstream by keeping the conversations relevant and informative, by participating from their homes with activities like:
    1. Hosting and attending knowledge sharing sessions: Our India team arranged an internal session to enable the employees by making them aware of WCAG 2.1 guidelines
Screenshot of India team members of Magic EdTech attending a virtual session on WCAG 2.1 to celebrate GAAD 2020    
  • Team participation through a contest/quiz: Contests at Magic have always had a great impact both in terms of response and learning. On the 21st of May, we will have a company-wide quiz competition around the basics of Accessibility which has been designed specifically to enhance their knowledge about the subject.
  • Empowering our employees to share their story: Showcasing certificates of completion is an excellent way to get an appreciation for your learning and enhancement of skills. We encourage our employees to learn and get certified for a range of courses on accessibility. We are proud to announce that 10+ employees at Magic Edtech got certified with WCAG 2.1/ 2.2 / accessibility features certification during the GAAD week and shared their certificates on social media using the hashtag #gbla11ydayAdditionally, one of our employees, Sucharu Gupta was kind enough to share her story through a video as to how accessible products and services have impacted her life for good.
  • Daily posts around GAAD on social media platforms: Who can deny the power of social media for extended reach and awareness? We at Magic EdTech ensured to have a healthy conversation on Social media throughout the week talking about various efforts at Magic to ensure that our content reaches and can impact the maximum number of users.Group of Magic EdTech Employees showcasing company's statement.
  • Accessibility begins at home: We are a firm believer in this. Magic EdTech is proud to announce that to celebrate #GAAD2020, we have released our beta version of WCAG compliant company website – www.magicedtech.com
  • Clients & vendors engagement: Why not make some good noise to rationalize the purpose of global accessibility awareness day? To answer that, we ensured to release informative emailers to our clients, customers, and vendors to join us for the cause and stay updated in the accessibility space.
  We are both thrilled and honored to share that we work with team members with impairments. They are the ones who not only test the products and services that we deliver to our customers themselves but also rely on assistive technology devices and screen readers. At Magic, we believe in approaching accessibility with the philosophy of openness, sharing a process, and technical innovations with all. We test products against US accessibility laws like Section 508 and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA standards). We often test these materials with W3C standards. Honestly, we ensured that there’s no excuse for us. We have pledged to provide and deliver accessible learning materials as our mission statement highlights that, “Magic is committed to humanity’s pursuit of happiness by making lifelong digital learning accessible, affordable and sustainable.” Together, we are united in Accessibility. Let’s build materials that work for all! To learn more about GAAD, visit:http://globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org/

Tarveen Kaur

Accessibility Practice Lead at Magic EdTech, Tarveen is actively engaged in building new class digital accessibility solutions for education.