May 16, 2018

Raising Awareness with GAAD

Leslie Wengenroth | Director of Marketing
GAAD logo 2018

This Thursday, May 17 is the 7th annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day, or GAAD. This event was started to raise awareness about accessibility, and the importance of making websites, mobile devices, documents and other technologies accessible to people with varying types of disabilities. It started in 2012, and is held every year on the third Thursday of May with in-person and virtual activities at more than 40 global locations.

The target audience of GAAD are companies and individuals that design and develop technology and products for people with disabilities. However, it’s important that we are all aware of the challenges faced by this community as well as the many solutions that enable accessibility for all.

You can take a look at the locations and activities that are planned, or check with your local Apple store, since many of them will offer accessibility workshops on Thursday. Even if you can’t participate in an event, you can learn more and spend some time experiencing the real-life impact of digital accessibility by trying out the suggestions.

Crawford Technologies, as a recognized leader in developing powerful solutions and services for document accessibility, supports GAAD, and will have staff members at several of the local events. We believe that it should be easy and affordable to convert any and all customer communications to accessible formats.

Our solutions and services are suitable for any organization that wants to deliver documents in all accessible formats. With Accessibility Express, even the most complex transactional documents can be easily converted to Accessible PDF or Accessible HTML5. Because it’s built on our ground-breaking MasterONE Architecture, a single setup will support all accessible formats, saving significant time and money. We a range of services, including transcription, production, fulfilment and distribution of braille, large print, audio, e-text and other formats at our secure facility.

Auto Tagger for Accessibility and, our recently announced e-commerce site, provide unprecedented automation for creating Accessible PDF or Accessible HTML5 from published documents, such as marketing material, manuals, booklets and other customer communications.

We believe that the only way to eliminate discrimination in communication is to be pro-active in your accessible document strategy, making the delivery of accessible documents “business as usual”.

Crawford Technologies is proud to support today’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day, and looks forward to continuing to provide powerful solutions for making customer communications accessible.