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Glaucoma Australia
May 2024

Glaucoma Australia is proud to celebrate the 13th Global Accessibility Awareness Day by joining together with Recite Me to raise awareness of the importance of digital inclusion. 

Global Accessibility Awareness Day, 16th May 2024. Celebrating the importance of talking, thinking, and learning about accessibility and inclusion. GAAD white logo on graphic, with an image of 2 people looking at a tablet and smiling. Blue background.

Thursday the 16th of May 2024, marks Global Accessibility Awareness Day, a key date in our calendar to get everyone talking, thinking, and learning about digital access and inclusion.

Over 1.3 billion people worldwide have a disability, of this number, it’s estimated that only 1 in 10 people in need have access to the assistive products that they need to read and understand digital content. 

To support everyone online, regardless of their abilities, we have created an inclusive website to enable our website visitors to customise their digital experience, to suit their own specific needs. 

Every online user deserves a first-rate digital experience. Someone with access needs due to disabilities/impairments must be able to experience web-based services, content, and other digital products with the same successful outcome as those without.

When you visit our website, you can access a variety of support tools to read and understand content in a way that works for you. These features include text-to-speech functionality, fully customisable styling features, multiple reading aids, and a translation tool with over 100 languages including 65 text-to-speech.

Glaucoma Australia Online Marketing & Customer Engagement Manager Gillian Hopkins said “Providing an inclusive and accessible website has always been a priority for us at Glaucoma Australia, but it hasn’t always been easy to achieve. The implementation of Recite Me’s innovative assistive technology has enabled us to provide an inclusive experience to all Australians who may encounter barriers online including those who speak English as a second language”.

Together we can build an inclusive online world and this can start today on Global Accessibility Awareness Day. It’s not just about understanding why someone needs assistance, it’s about providing tools without question, as we work towards a fully inclusive digital world.