Statement

May 17, 2018                     Gatineau, Quebec                    Employment and Social Development Canada

Global Accessibility Awareness Day aims to recognize the importance of digital access and inclusion for people with different disabilities. On this 7th Global Accessibility Awareness Day, let’s ask ourselves what our lives would be like if technology was not accessible to us.

One of the Government of Canada’s priorities to create a truly inclusive and accessible Canada—where all Canadians have an equal opportunity to succeed, have the same rights and obligations, and are equal participants in their communities and workplaces. Technology and internet are essential in day-to-day life. As such, we need to make sure that people with disabilities can fully participate in the online world.

Although technology can unlock great potential for many who live with disabilities, it is only useful if people with disabilities have access to it. Some of the tools developed to help people with disabilities use computers such as screen readers, assistive mobile applications and alternative keyboards, are truly life changing. However, the reality is that a digital divide still exists and we need to bridge that gap. We need to ensure these tools are available to those who need them and that technology is designed so that it is accessible from the start.

Whether you are part of the design, development, usability, or related industries who build, shape, fund and influence technology and its use, or you want to learn more about how you can support this initiative, join the conversation on social media by using #GAAD or visit the Global Accessibility Awareness Day webpage.

Our country is at its best when everyone is included. Let’s unlock the potential in everyone.

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