First Accessibility Awareness Day Conference in Estonia
Accessibility is growing more important every year, but for some reason it doesn’t get the attention it deserves. It’s time to change that.
People often tend to think that accessibility only matters to a small number of the population. In reality, it affects almost everyone. We just don't realize it until we have to use our smartphones outside in bright sunllight or leave our glasses at home and find out how difficult it is to browse the web with blurry vision.
The truth is that we all can benefit from having more accessible websites and systems.
Accessibility is not only for disabled people. It's for everyone
Let's take a look at online stores. Even though people might have problems with their eyesight, it doesn't mean they are not paying customers. I might not see well, but I'd still like to spend my hard earned money on some new clothes or tech gadgets.
The same applies to e-services. Many Estonian e-services have proven to be inaccessible and difficult to use. The situation is improving, but we still have a long way to go.
This is the main reason why we have joined forces with EstCHI and Tallinn University to bring you the first ever Accessibility Awareness Conference in Estonia.
About the conference
Global Accessibility Day started from a single blog post written in 2011 and the concept has grown globally ever since. This is the first time the conference will be organized in Estonia. The current line-up consists of Daniel Kotsjuba, Erik Loide, and Mihkel Uukivi. More speakers will be announced later on.
You can register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gaad-2015-tallinn-tickets-16427926370 and more information can be found at www.estchi.org/gaad.