Join the Festivities: Do Something for Global Accessibility Awareness Day

by Justin Lewis and Lindy JonesEvery day of the year, there’s something to celebrate. Some of them are pretty ridiculous. May 9th is Panic Day, which is interesting because it is also National Napping Day. I don’t know about you but when I am in a panic I don’t even think about napping. On May 9th, we should all take the day off of work, so we can go home and nap. Living close to Maryland, I think I would celebrate National Crabmeat Day. But May 9th is also Global Accessibility Awareness Day, a day librarians should note because we believe in access to information for all people.

Join the festivities! On this day, you can learn more about web accessibility (and perhaps do something about it). You could check your e-readers and see if you can turn on the text-to-speech function. (Try it with your eyes closed). Write to your favorite author and thank them for allowing text-to-speech to be turned on their e-books (if your favorite author actually does allow that functionality). You could go to the source and ask a person with a disability if she can use your library. Don’t be shy, step up to the plate and be aware!

Carrie Russell
Director, Program on Public Access to Information, OITP

About Carrie Russell

Carrie Russell is the Director of the Program on Public Access to Information in the Office for Information Technology Policy. Her portfolio includes copyright, international copyright, accessibility, e-books and other public policy issues. She has a MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a MA in media arts from the University of Arizona. She can be reached via e-mail at crussell@alawash.org.

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