Every year for a single night, billions of people come together to celebrate as they ring in the start of another new year. They even cheer when the clock chimes to mark the midnight hour in different time zones across the world. Why is that? For all our differences, we are the same, that’s why.

globe This year, we’ve decided that we are going to celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 9th with everyone on the planet. Yes, everyone! Starting at midnight local time on the fair island nation of Samoa, the Simply Accessible team will begin their festivities. As each time zone reaches 12:01 am on May 9th local time, we’ll post a new article and give away a few prizes throughout the marathon celebration to promote the goodness that is inclusive, accessible design.

Topics will include things like:

  • Accessibility: a traveler’s guide for non-residents
  • Yes, you really can make accessibility more affordable
  • Five things every web developer should know about accessibility
  • Modals and lightboxes: How I learned to stop worrying and love the focus path
  • Got a topic you want us to write about? Let us know and we’re on it!

Also during Global Accessibility Awareness Day, or <abbr=”Global Accessibility Awareness Day”>GAAD, the Simply Accessible team will start up some rapid fire Twitter discussions. We’re rolling up our sleeves to work with the UX and web development communities online so we can form some real action plans to increase accessibility education and awareness. We’ll provide even more sneak peeks and info about AccessU 2013, kicking off this month on May 14th in Austin, Texas. And, finally, we’ll be showcasing exciting local accessibility news and events from around the world. From New Zealand to India, from the Middle East to South America, and from Canada with love, beautiful and accessible design is happening everywhere, even in Pago Pago!

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  1. Wow, that’s quite a marathon! Are we talking 24 blog posts total, plus twitter discussions and all that good stuff? I think I might need to take the day off, just to be able to follow what you guys are preparing. ;p

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