Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2020

Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2020

May 21st 2020 marks the 9th annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day. It’s a day dedicated to raising awareness of how people with disabilities interact with digital environments (such as websites and apps), and how technology can be made more accessible. 

This globally recognised event originated when LA-based web developer, Joe Devon, wrote a blog post in 2011. Within his post, Devon highlighted the lack of information about online accessibility and challenged web developers to create more accessible websites. 

Thanks to Twitter, Devon’s post was discovered by Jennison Asuncion, a renowned digital accessibility professional. Together, they pledged to make the conversation around accessibility more mainstream and brought Global Accessibility Awareness Day to life. 

This day is a testament to the power of technology and the world wide web. Yet, despite all of our technological advancements, we still have a long way to go before the digital space is fully accessible. Many people with disabilities are still hindered from using technology because of factors like poor font, difficult website layouts, and lack of alt text. 

With 1 in 5 Australians living with a disability, we recognise there’s a tremendous need for fully-accessible technology and inclusive clothing. Although clothing isn’t typically associated with technology, adaptive fashion is a significant part of assistive technology as it helps people with disabilities dress independently and feel empowered to express their unique style. 

At EveryHuman, we’ve made it our mission to make inclusive clothing more accessible to the people who need it the most. We’re proud to leverage technology and be one of the first e-commerce platforms to provide adaptive fashion to Australia and New Zealand. 

By bringing sought-after adaptive fashion brands from around the globe onto one easy-to-use platform, we’re closing the gap between fashion and functionality so that people with disabilities can feel amazing in stylish clothes, just like every other human. We also recognise the barriers people with disabilities often face on the web, and we’re committed to offering a hassle-free online shopping experience for everyone. 

By continuing to spark conversations around adaptive fashion and how assistive technology can be improved, we hope to move one step closer to a future fueled by accessibility and inclusion.