May 18 is GAAD 2017. Global Accessibility Awareness Day, the third Thursday each May, is targeted toward all of us who design, develop, build, fund, and influence technology. The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access/inclusion and people with different abilities.
An excellent way to participate in GAAD is to improve the accessibility of your electronic documents. For example:
- Use the Microsoft Word Accessibility checker early and often every time you develop a Word document.
- Download the free PDF Accessibility Checker (PAC) from Access for All. PAC is much more thorough than the checker built into Acrobat Pro. PAC also includes a Screenreader Preview feature to help with manual accessibility checks.
- Use the excellent free Colour Contrast Analyser from the Paciello Group to check for proper color contrast of the text in your documents.