Global Accessibility Awareness Day:  How to make virtual meetings and events more inclusive and accessible

By Ariel Wee, Advisor, Diversity Inclusion and Belonging

An abled body female and a female with disability in wheelchair discussing online resources and working in an office space.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) – which falls on the third Thursday of May – highlights the need for more digital access and inclusion.

According to the GAAD Foundation, over one billion people worldwide live with disabilities. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the prevalence of working from home arrangements, virtual meetings, webinars and “hybrid” events. These developments have resulted in many benefits and much added flexibility for everyone including people with disability. On the other hand, if we are not conscious about digital access and inclusion, we may unintentionally create barriers to accessibility in the global digital space. The Australian Human Rights Commission offers useful tips for hosting accessible and inclusive virtual meetings and events.

Before the meeting or event

Hosting the meeting or event – set rules such as

 After the meeting or event

Curtin’s Disability Access and Inclusion Plan encourages us to provide an accessible and inclusive experience for everyone. Being more intentional when we organise virtual meetings and events is a small but vital step we can take to support this commitment.

For more resources on accessibility and assistive technologies, please refer to

GAAD Foundation
Australian Human Rights Commission