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Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2024

#GAAD2024

Our GAAD event

Join us for our 10th edition of the annual event Global Accessibility Awareness Day (#GAAD2024) on “Implementing mainstream technology in innovative ways”. Learn more about how to foster digital accessibility and digital inclusion via the usage of mainstream technologies from accessibility experts and partners as well as diverse end users in dialogue and showcasing concrete examples during this virtual event.  

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Global Accessibility Awareness Day is an awareness day focusing on digital access and inclusion for the more than 1.3 billion people with disabilities and impairments around the globe while also showcasing the “curb-cut’ effect that benefits everyone in society.

The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking, and learning about digital access and inclusion. Our aim in Atos this year is to discuss how we can create a more inclusive society.

Joining the Event

Join us and discuss with us on social media to explore how embracing mainstream technology in inclusive ways can open doors to greater accessibility, empowerment, and participation for individuals with disabilities.

Rewatch the event

The event took place on May 16, 2024, and was live on social media channels.

Implementing Mainstream Tech in Inclusive Ways

Mainstream technologies provide unexpected opportunities for accessibility and digital inclusion if used and implemented in innovative, inclusive ways. Leveraging mainstream tools and platforms in innovative ways to enhance accessibility and provide equal opportunities for participation for everyone is a topic no one working in the ICT field should miss.

Will you be next to discover how your mainstream tech will enable everyone to thrive? You want to work with us or are interested in understanding our offerings? You want to join our teams or learn more: Make use of the interest registration form.

Agenda

The event will be hosted by Neil Milliken, Group Head of Accessibility & Digital Inclusion.

 
The table below shows the agenda for the day with the timing, title of session and the names of the speakers for each session
Time Session Title Speakers and moderators
10.30 am – 10.32 am Welcome Note Neil Milliken, VP – Group Head of Accessibility & Digital Inclusion, Atos
10.32 am – 10.37 am Introduction to Agenda and topics Melanie de Vigan, VP – Head of Strategy and Growth for Digital Workplace, Atos
10.37am – 11.02 am
Panel discussion – Implement mainstream tech in inclusive ways Moderator:
Alexandra Nothnagel, Program Manager Global Accessibility & Digital Inclusion Governance, Atos
 
Speakers:

  • Margaret Turley, Athlete leader from Ireland and current Sargent Shriver Global Messenger, Special Olympics
  • Dave Dame, Senior Director of Product Accessibility, Microsoft
  • Caroline Desrosiers, Founder & CEO, Scribely
  • Carrie Chow, Accessibility Evangelist, Atos
11.02 am – 11.19 am Tech Without Limits Inclusive Innovation in Action
  • Dave Dame, Senior Director Of Product Accessibility, Microsoft – Copilot
  • Neil Milliken, VP – Group Head of Accessibility & Digital Inclusion, Atos – Using custom colour themes to make reading easier and reduce eye strain.
  • Joseph Lafauci, Assistive Technology Lead, Customer Engineer at North America, Atos – Picture Smart AI feature in the JAWS screen reader
11.19 am– 11.30 am Closure and Thank you Neil Milliken, Group Head of Accessibility & Digital Inclusion, Atos

 

Our speakers

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with our speakers and leaders and ask them your questions on social media or through the contact forms provided.

Neil Milliken

Head of Accessibility & Digital Inclusion
Atos research community

  • Email Neil Milliken
  • Follow Neil Milliken on LinkedIn

Melanie De Vigan

VP, Head of Growth and Strategy for Digital Workplace, Atos

  • Email Melanie De Vigan
  • Follow Melanie De Vigan on LinkedIn

Dave Dame

Senior Director Of Product Accessibility, Microsoft

  • Email Dave Dame
  • Follow Dave Dame  on LinkedIn

Joseph Lafauci

Assistive Technology Lead, Customer Engineer at North America, Atos

  • Email Joseph  Lafauci
  • Follow Joseph  Lafauci  on LinkedIn

Carrie Chow

Accessibility Evangelist
Atos research community

  • Email Carrie Chow
  • Follow Carrie Chow on LinkedIn

Margaret Turley

Athlete leader from Ireland and current Sargent Shriver Global Messenger, Special Olympics

  • Email Margaret Turley
  • Follow Margaret Turley on LinkedIn

Caroline Desrosiers

Founder & CEO, Scribely

  • Email Caroline Desrosiers
  • Follow Caroline Desrosiers on LinkedIn

Alexandra Nothnagel

Program Manager Global Accessibility & Digital Inclusion Governance

  • Email Alexandra Nothnagel
  • Follow Alexandra Nothnagel on LinkedIn

Related resources

Event

Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2024 in North America

Learn more >
Blog

Empowering Digital Workplaces: Creating an accessible and inclusive digital future

Read the blog > 

Organising contacts

The event is kindly supported by Group Accessibility Program and organised by:

Vishal Pujar

Head of Accessibility and Digital Inclusion GDC India

  • Email Vishal Pujar
  • Follow Vishal Pujar on LinkedIn

Alexandra Nothnagel

Program Manager Global Accessibility & Digital Inclusion Governance

  • Email Alexandra Nothnagel
  • Follow Alexandra Nothnagel on LinkedIn

If you want to join one of our next events or learn more about GAAD at Atos and this event, do not hesitate to reach out to the organisers. 

Interested in our Accessibility offerings? Contact us

Thank you for your interest. You can download the report here.
A member of our team will be in touch with you shortly

Joining the Event

Join us and discuss with us on social media to explore how embracing mainstream technology in inclusive ways can open doors to greater accessibility, empowerment, and participation for individuals with disabilities.

Date

10-11 June 2024

Date

10-11 June 2024

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