How to recognize Global Accessibility Awareness Day
Because people with disabilities deserve digital equality.
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Global Accessibility Awareness Day happens each year on the third Thursday in May, and it focuses primarily on ensuring that all persons with disabilities have equal access to new advances in the digital landscape in entertainment and on the web.
Here at Reviewed, accessibility is a concept that’s near and dear to our hearts. Back in January of this year, we officially announced the launch of our Accessibility vertical, and in May, I, Christopher Groux, was hired to lead that section as senior editor alongside editor Sarah Kovac.
Here’s how we’re recognizing GAAD this year.
Helping a unique population find digital products they love
GAAD offers a unique opportunity for the Reviewed crew to express its passion for accessible tech, some of which we’ve already highlighted over the past few months. In our Accessibility vertical, as in all others, our goal is to guide people toward products we think they’ll love. We understand through firsthand experience how life-changing the results can be, especially when an informed purchase offers an opportunity to overcome the challenges of a disability.
Here are just a few of the noteworthy reviews and articles we’ve published with a distinctly digital focus befitting of Global Accessibility Awareness Day.
- Senior living has gone high tech—Here's how to get the look at home
- Apple's HomePod Mini has changed my organization habits
- CES 2022 Accessibility Awards: Our top picks from the show
- Adaptive Focus Glasses may be the last lens you'll ever need
- The new AirPods are great for the blind
- This sensor turns any dryer into a smart dryer
- 5 ways Alexa Together helps care for aging loved ones
- Washing, drying, and accessibility: This dishwasher does it all
- Bose Smart Glasses help me navigate as a blind person
- Microsoft's Adaptive Controller makes the Xbox accessible to all
But, while compelling digital products are an important part of what makes this occasion, and our future so exciting, it’s the people behind these critiques that convey to our readers how critical initiatives like GAAD truly are. And we have big plans to continue growing our coverage. For more on that subject, I’ll let Sarah explain how you can help make our accessibility dreams even better.
It’s about the experts
In the process of publishing reviews like these, we’ve let the experts lead the way. That has meant building a network of freelance writers who can speak from first-hand experience to the topics of disability, aging, and caregiving. We’ve found some incredible talent, but we won’t stop here. Disability is a sprawling landscape of experiences, so to do this topic justice, we are seeking out disabled writers of all kinds. Every perspective is valued here.
If you’re a disabled writer with an interest in product reviews, digital or otherwise, we’d love to connect. Send a brief intro and clips to email@example.com. We can’t wait to meet you. And, if you're just looking to find a product for yourself or a loved one, we look forward to being the place you come to for authenticity in accessibility both inside and out of the digital space.
We’re grateful to all those who provide the products we’ll review in the coming months. GAAD is about honoring those technical minds willing to take a calculated leap. There’s a world of life-changing products out there, and we want you to be the next one to help us explore it.
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