Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2021

By: David Titmus
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Global Accessibility Awareness Day logo with the letters GAAD inside a circleCommunities around the world celebrated the 10th annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) earlier this month (May 20). The day featured discussions, virtual events, and demos designed to encourage everyone to talk, think, and learn about digital access and inclusion for people of all abilities.

(Check out a few ideas on how to participate or attend an event here.)

Though the day’s target audience is the design, development, and usability communities who build, shape, fund, and influence technology and its use, GAAD is centered on promoting awareness in making technology accessible and usable by persons with disabilities across the board and provide real direction to those who seek it.

State of Accessibility

A recent study by web accessibility company WebAIM analyzed one million home pages for accessibility issues. The report showed, among other things, that 98% of the home pages reviewed had at least one WCAG 2.0 failure, with some of the most common causes of accessibility failures being low contrast text, missing image alt text, empty links, empty buttons, and missing document language.

Our Mission

As the largest captioning company in North America, VITAC has provided more than 30 years of accessibility services and solutions in a variety of industries for clients of all sizes. We have worked closely with advocacy groups and organizations as we strive to make accessible content standard.

Our team always is working to improve our captioning solutions, developing and using new technologies to create the best service for all our caption clients and viewers.

We work closely with and encourage all of our clients to expand their accessibility practices, and our wide variety of services make it easy for businesses of all sizes to reach their accessibility and inclusion goals.

We also have been an active member of the Federal Communications Commission’s Disability Advisory Committee, advising and making recommendations to the FCC on a variety of disability issues.

At VITAC, we are committed to increased accessibility for all, and are pleased to support the efforts of the accessibility community to create global awareness.