Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) is a day for increasing awareness about digital access and inclusion for the millions of people with disabilities around the world. As someone who has cerebral palsy, I know firsthand how important technology accessibility is. Everyone deserves the ability to communicate and access information, regardless of ability.
Recent advancements in technology, particularly in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), have opened up new possibilities for accessibility. My personal experience with AI has been through creating my own Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app for people with communication difficulties. Through using AI, we can now create more advanced and intuitive AAC apps, which can help users express themselves better and more efficiently. These technological innovations are a game changer for those who need them.
Despite these exciting advancements, it’s important to remember that there’s still a long way to go towards improving accessibility for everyone. This GAAD, I encourage people to learn about accessibility issues and take action towards improving accessibility in their own environments. Whether it’s creating accessible websites, or advocating for better accessibility in your community, each of us can make a difference.
In conclusion, I’m excited about the potential of new technologies like AI to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. Working together, we can continue to increase awareness and make the world more inclusive for people of all abilities.