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Accessibility Daze — a GAAD rap song

Fun! Accessibility Daze — a GAAD (Global Accessibility Awareness Day) rap song via YouTube. A transcription is inline below.


GAAD’s the celebration, this year a musical potion. Sight, sound, touch for all a sonic solution. AWOL, Coop, y’all ready to set it in motion? Yeah.

We come from many places with different biologies to celebrate GAAD and accessible technologies. Why we do what we do, it isn’t a mystery. You just have to go back in time and learn a bit of history.

It started way back in 2011 with nothing more than a blog post by Joe Devon. He was ashamed by devs’ lack of inclusivity, so he suggested we raise awareness of accessibility. Joe’s idea, it was really quite simple. On this day, the idea, it would ripple. Jennison saw the post and had a revelation to help Joe form a foundation, ain’t that amazing? Yeah.

Give them a standing ovation, they made it happen. Bring attention to tech exclusion, that’s why we’re rappin’. Digital access for all is our mission, so bring us your attention, show you how to make a difference. Get ’em.

One in six people on Earth have disabilities. It’s not a lie, the largest minority unequivocally. When sites and apps aren’t built to be accessible the experience is tough, and we need to be more flexible. Visual, auditory, motor, even cognitive, 1.3 billion, all the same, no one’s prerogative. GAAD is the first step to clear the haze. We’re here to pave the way through accessibility days.

Did you know that most sites and apps, they ain’t accessible? The worst part is most bugs are easily addressable. We can’t be followers. No, we got to be the leaders. Alt text on images enabling screen readers. Closed captions available when you play a video. Accessible content should be nothing more than trivial. Motor disabilities can make it impossible to interact with sites when navigation’s illogical.

Maybe with AI, we can open a eye to UI that’s usable without batting a eye. Whether they can’t use their eyes, ears, or any other senses, enable your websites. Don’t put up any fences. I said “screen reader” before, but let me rewind. It helps the dyslexic and others, not just the blind.

We can all make a difference all of the time. Don’t call me crazy. Just design your app to meet the W-C-A-G.

SPEAKER: Find out how to get involved. Visit Glad to be GAAD — Global Accessibility Awareness Day.



Web Axe gear

Like Web Axe? Get your Web Axe gear on RedBubble! Always good to promote web accessibility with a little swag/merchandise!

Currently available: t-shirts, hoodies, mugs, stickers, notebooks

White mug with black Web Axe logo, email and twitter handle


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Fun Web Accessibility Videos

Follow Harold in his quest to make an accessible website for his company Jiffy Brothers! This is an entertaining two-part video series about a fictional company and its website. It’s produced by The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) of Ontario, Canada. Watch out for Boris!

Part 1 “Auditing Your Website for Accessibility”

Part 2 “Developing an Accessible Website”

You can find more information and videos from HRPA on the HRPA YouTube channel.

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Fixing Alt – How much caffeine?

It’s been a while since we’ve added to our “Fixing Alt” series which provides alternative text missing from infographics. So I thought a recently published infographic, How much caffeine is actually in your coffee, would be perfect. The image tells how many milligrams are in a cup of coffee from a variety of brands/stores. The alternative text provided on the blog is the same as the title of the blog; the actual content in the image is missing; it’s not accessible.

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This is a fun topic but also important as we coffee drinkers, sighted or not, should be aware of the figures (assuming they’re accurate). So below is the information in the image and what should be content on the original page or referenced with the longdesc attribute.

Caffeine infographic; 9 kinds of coffee, each with a coffee mug that displays an amount of coffee relative to the level of caffeine. Each amount below is in milligrams of caffeine per fluid ounce.

  1. McDonald’s: 9.1
  2. Seattle’s Best: 10.4
  3. Biggby Coffee: 12.5
  4. Dunkin’ Donuts: 12.7
  5. Dutch Bros. Coffee: 12.8
  6. Caribou Coffee: 15
  7. Peet’s: 16.7
  8. Starbucks: 20.6
  9. Deathwish coffee: 54.2
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Fixing Alt – Facebook Like Button Explained

The next in our “Fixing Alt” series is the Facebook Like button explained posted on MakeUseOf a while back. It’s a short but sweet comedic image, but again, with no alternative text provided. So here it is.

Facebook Like button, equals: I’ve read it, but I’m too lazy to comment!

PS: There are so many other things wrong with the MakeUseOf web page. But since my New Year’s resolution is not to be as critical, I won’t go into it.