Help improve accessibility by taking the #GAADPledge

In our State of Accessibility Report we proposed an ongoing initiative called the GAADPledge. The idea is to use the communal organizing power of social media to spread awareness and implementation of accessibility in digital products.

Take the #GAADPledge

The #GAAD hashtag has reached 165 Million unique Twitter users in 2018. Let’s double down on what works. As a community, many of us are already working behind the scenes to improve accessibility. However we can amplify this work by sharing our activity more publicly under a unified hashtag like the GAADPledge.

The GAAD mission is to directly impact the people who create digital products, from developers to designers to QA. Let’s pledge to take one action a week that directly serves this mission.

We have provided this handy list of ideas to get you started. Pick one, or come up with your own idea, and tweet it out. Tell people what action you’ve taken and make sure to tag it with #GAADPledge. Optionally, include a copy of this page’s link.

Create content, a blog post, video, or other content.
TwitterFor this week’s #GAADPledge, I wrote a blog post about how I added an alt-text input form field in my company’s CRM. Join the pledge diamond.la/GAADPledge  
Learn a WCAG guideline
TwitterI just decided to teach myself WCAG Guideline 1.2 for the #GAADPledge https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/#media-equiv. Join the pledge to make the web more accessible #a11y #GAAD
Introduce a University, College or coding bootcamp to Teach Access resources.
TwitterI just introduced my local university example.edu to Teach Access, an organization dedicated to improving #a11y in the university system. Join the #GAADPledge diamond.la/GAADPledge
When you come across an inaccessible app, find the twitter profile of a developer or creator on the team and try to engage them in a positive way.
Twitter@ExampleDev, unfortunately I had difficulty navigating @ExampleApp due to unlabeled forms. How can I submit a ticket? Join the #GAADPledge to make the Internet a more accessible place! #a11y #GAAD
Go through the Quickstarts of open source projects and submit corrections to anything that’s inaccessible
Twitter#GAADPledge Week 1: The attached inaccessible gist was being used by @reactjs in their ‘Try React’ quickstart. I explained the #a11y problem and asked the author to update. Join the pledge! https://gist.github.com/gaearon/6668a1f6986742109c00a581ce704605
Engage and encourage an accessibility champion at an open source project
TwitterFor this week’s #GAADPledge, I want to recognize @ExampleA11yChamp for helping me work out an #a11y problem in the @example open source project. Join the pledge diamond.la/GAADPledge
Offer to speak at your local developer meetup

TwitterI offered to speak about #a11y at @LAPHP this week and they accepted!. Join the #GAADPledge

Offer to speak at a developer conference

TwitterFor #GAADPledge week 5, I decided to go outside my comfort zone of speaking at #a11y conferences, and submitted at @bigConf and got accepted! Join the #GAADPledge

Encourage a design conference to expand their focus or create an accessibility track:

TwitterI asked @AIShowBiz if they would be willing to feature an accessibility panel ahead of #GAAD and they accepted! Join the #GAADPledge

Encourage your local coding school to include accessibility in the curriculum. Offer to teach a class.

TwitterI learned to code at @AcmeCodingSchool. I asked them if they’d be willing to teach a course about #accessibility for the #GAADPledge diamond.la/GAADPledge

Offer to demo assistive technology to a developer, designer or product person. Perhaps to a company’s development team.

TwitterFor this week’s #GAADPledge, I offered to demo a refreshable braille display at @AcmeGroups lunch n learn