CHICAGO — Mayor Lori Lightfoot marked the 11th annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) alongside Commissioner Rachel Arfa from the Mayor’s Office of People with Disabilities.
In a world that is increasingly driven by digital products, the foundation behind GAAD aims to make accessibility a core requirement of web-based services and content as well as other digital products.
According to the GAAD Foundation, one-billion people worldwide have a disability of some kind and may not be able to interact with the digital world in the same way as someone without a disability. For instance, someone who is visually impaired may need alternative text descriptions for images, or someone who is deaf may need captioning for videos.
As a part of the event, it was announced the city would be hiring a digital accessibility specialist.