Web Developers celebrate Accessibility Awareness Day globally￼
Back in November 2011, Joe Devon a backend programmer, challenged his colleagues to
their knowledge regarding accessibility , this is what he said “ Relatively, there isn’t a lot of
great information about accessibility out there. You really have to seek it out. How many of
you know what JAWS is? After popping up IE6/IE7/IE8 et. al. to ensure website compatibility,
do you also check your content in a screen reader?
I would argue that it’s more important to make a site accessible than pretty for older
browsers. For some people, an accessible Internet literally makes a world of difference.
Although I’m a back end programmer, I’m still ashamed at how little I know. How about you?”
This is how Global Accessibility Day was birthed for particularly web developers across the
globe to raise awareness and “know-how” on making sites accessible and it has been
celebrated every Third Thursday of the month of May.
On this day, every web developer is urged to test at least one page on their site in an
accessibility tool. After fixing up the page, they are urged to blog about what they changed
and inspire others to follow suit.