Charity celebrates Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Experts in accessibility - Shaw Trust Accessibility ServicesShaw Trust, a national employment, learning and skills charity, is proud to be taking part in this year’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on 15 May. GAAD is a community-driven effort that dedicates an entire day to raising the profile of and introducing the topic of digital accessibility and people with different disabilities to the broadest audience possible.

Shaw Trust, a charity with over thirty years’ experience helping people with disabilities and disadvantage to improve their skills, find work and gain independence, is supporting GAAD through its Accessibility Services. The Shaw Trust Accessibility Services team is marking GAAD by offering free website snapshots to people, businesses and organisations across the country to evaluate the accessibility of their websites against industry standards (WCAG 2.0).

These snapshots are designed to evaluate the accessibility of websites, checking how easy they are to use for people with disabilities. Snapshots provide a brief assessment and review of selected website pages to highlight potential challenges or issues disabled users may face when using the evaluated website.

The information provided by these snapshots will then serve to help improve digital accessibility and support people with disabilities or disadvantage to live more independently and break down the many barriers they face, be it to employment or active participation in community life.

Shaw Trust Accessibility Services team leader, Catherine Morris, says of Shaw Trust’s participation in GAAD: “GAAD provides the perfect platform for organisations such as Shaw Trust to highlight the many challenges to using digital software that people with disability face. Shaw Trust is a genuine expert in accessibility, and we provide consultancy, accreditation, auditing, user testing and web design services. We would like to encourage people to contact us on Global Accessibility Awareness Day to receive our snapshots and raise the profile of digital accessibility for disabled people.”

To request a free snapshot from the Shaw Trust Accessibility Services team, please email accessforall@shaw-trust.org.uk or call 0300 123 7005. You can learn more about Shaw Trust Accessibility Services by visiting its website: webacc.shaw-trust.org.uk. For more on GAAD please visit: globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org

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