Celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day

PEAT’s work to foster collaboration and action around accessibility in the workplace would not be possible without contributions from the strong global community that supports us, comprised of accessibility experts, employers, government entities, disability advocates, and others. In celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2017 (GAAD), we’ve compiled a list highlighting some of our favorite actionable quotes from our contributors. Pulled from a variety of PEAT resources, they explore the challenges of implementing accessible technology, as well as the great promise it holds to remove workplace barriers for employees and job seekers with disabilities. Many thanks to our supporters and contributors for joining the conversation! We couldn’t do it without you.

Frances West
“It’s worth it to make accessibility, usability, and scalability early considerations.” Frances West (
Diane Rodriguez
“It's important to have support for accessibility from both the top down and the bottom up.” Diane Rodriguez, AT&T (
Paul Albano
“Building accessible products is the right thing to do for customers. It also makes good business sense.” Paul Albano, Canon USA (
Anita Aaron
“Technology is a game changer for people with disabilities in all aspects of life, including employment.” Anita Aaron, World Institute on Disability (WID) (
Bobby Silverstein
“Accessibility is a process that requires the involvement of technology users with disabilities.” Bobby Silverstein, Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville (
Eliza Greenwood
“Three concepts are integral to inclusive social media recruitment: inclusion, accessibility, & equality.” Eliza Greenwood (
“If you build with accessibility in mind from the beginning, then complexity is not a factor.” Denis Boudreau, Deque (
Sina Barham
Universal design is not a ‘one and done’ thing, but a mindset for every phase of product development.” Sina Bahram (
Shawn Henry
“Providing accessible tools helps you retain employees and hire from a wider pool of potential employees.” Shawn Henry, W3C (
Lainey Feingold
“All digital content must be available to everyone. It’s the law, it’s good for business & it’s the right thing.” Lainey Feingold, Law Office of Lainey Feingold (
“I see corporate America waking to the point that accessibility can be a key business driver.” Dan Sullivan, AudioEye (
Gian Wild
“Content that is accessible to the widest audience ends up being more usable for everyone.” Gian Wild, AccessibilityOZ  (
Gabrielle Nagle
“If your talent management tools aren’t accessible, qualified candidates can’t apply for jobs.” Gabrielle Nagle, Getting Hired (
Sassy Outwater
“To attract & retain the best talent, workplace technology must be accessible & usable by everyone.” Sassy Outwater (
Sarah Bourne
“Accessible technology… means products that are flexible & can be used by more people in more situations.” Sarah Bourne, State of Massachusetts (
Sharron Rush
“The technology is possible to change, it just needs the will to do it.” Sharron Rush, Knowbility (
Rob Sinclair
“We're all aging. We all need more flexible solutions.” Rob Sinclair, International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) (
Lucy Greco
“Let's get people with disabilities helping them test it, that's what's missing most of the time.” Lucy Greco, UC Berkeley (
Matthew Gerst
“Seeking input from employees with disabilities about accessible workplace technologies is critical.” Matthew Gerst, CTIA-Wireless (
Peter Wallack
“Accessibility is an intrinsic thing that simply needs to be there.” Peter Wallack, Oracle (
Jay Wyant
“Including accessibility helps you in some ways future-proof your technology.” Jay Wyant, State of Minnesota (
Lori Golden
“Accessibility is a key factor that will determine who you can invite to the party & who you can bring in.” Lori Golden, Ernst & Young (
Salimah La Force
“Change is a process, not an event. It’s important to be part of the process.” Salimah LaForce, Wireless RERC (
“It’s an exciting time for accessible technology, and the momentum is tangible.” Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Microsoft (