global accessibilty awareness day

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

May 21 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The day was started primarily to inspire awareness for Web Accessibility but it is quickly growing into a much larger movement. To participate in the event, PATH Employment Services is publishing this blog post speaking to the organization’s commitment to accessibility. While PATH is an employment service and not web developers or designers, the organization wholeheartedly believes in the purpose of GAAD and is brainstorming ways to fully participate in bringing awareness to web accessibility.
The rate of employment for Canadians without a disability between the ages of 25 and 64 is 79%. In stark contrast, for Canadians with disabilities, the employment rate is 49%. For people who identify as having a severe disability, this number plummets further to an employment rate of 26%. Improving accessibility to the web could help alleviate some of the barriers that are imposed on people with disabilities who want to be able to contribute through work.