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Global Accessibility Awareness Day Presentation @ Facebook


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The story of GAAD (Global Accessibility Awareness Day). How it came about. Evolved. And why it matters. Presented at Facebook headquarters.

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Global Accessibility Awareness Day Presentation @ Facebook

  1. 1. The Story of From web developer to co-founder of a global movement GAAD a11y tech camp @ Facebook May 14, 2014
  2. 2. Hello. My name is Joe Devon Circa 2007, I was a Freelance Dev in NY. Big tech scene. Lots of meetups. Studied my craft voraciously. @joedevon
  3. 3. One day, I stumbled upon a video by Yahoo! programmer Victor Tsaran
  4. 4. Moved to Los Angeles Got a gig @ Unfortunately, no tech scene in L.A.!
  5. 5. Dad @ JPL Speaker of 10 languages. Survivor of Auschwitz & Dachau. He lost much of his hearing & eyesight.
  6. 6. Blog post that inspired GAAD
  7. 7. Guess who winds up speaking at 1st GAAD event in Los Angeles?
  8. 8. Success of GAAD, Year One • GAAD made my hometown paper • Gov’ts & Corps ran events, blogged & tweeted • Appeared in podcasts, magazines Alas, next year wouldn’t be so easy
  9. 9. My Dad passed away February 16, 2013.
  10. 10. Year Two • Mindy designed a new logo… • which made front cover of .Net Magazine • FCC blog post & #GAAD tweets all day • #GAAD had a tweet a minute! • More engagement than I could have ever imagined. • I guess we hit on something
  11. 11. GAAD comes full circle Remember the bank whose unusable interface inspired my post? Twist of Fate
  12. 12. Developers & designers have monumental reach
  13. 13. How many people are affected by your code? 0 200 400 600 800 1000 1200 1400 Visitors (in Millions)
  14. 14. Lessons learned? • Engage your community • If you don’t have a community, create one • Don’t be afraid to launch an initiative • YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
  15. 15. THANK YOU! Twitter: @joedevon, @gbla11yday Email: