3Play Media Builds Wheelchairs for Global Accessibility Awareness Day
Updated: July 3, 2019
Yesterday, May 16, 2019, marked the eighth annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The goal of GAAD is to raise awareness for digital access and to focus on inclusion for the more than one billion people around the world with disabilities.
Eager to be a part of this important day, 3Play Media looked for ways to contribute. Fortunately, our 3Play GAAD team found the perfect activity to both support accessibility and give back to the community.
The Wheelchairs In Motion Event
Yesterday afternoon, the 3Play Media team excitedly headed over to District Hall in Boston’s Seaport district for the Wheelchairs in Motion event. The event was put on by Team Bonding, a company which builds unique events that encourage teamwork and help to foster strong bonds between coworkers.
3Play employees were placed into one of five groups, and each group was responsible for building two wheelchairs with the tools and parts provided by the folks at Team Bonding. By the end of the event, 3Play collectively built ten manual wheelchairs.
The wheelchairs were donated to REquipment, a non-profit “medical equipment reuse program that provides individuals and families in Massachusetts with gently used, refurbished durable medical equipment.” REreuipment provides people with disabilities and seniors with new and refurbished assistive equipment at no charge. The event was made even more special when the founder and President of REquipment, Karen Langley, visited us and told us more about the organization.
Not only was the Wheelchairs In Motion event a blast, but it allowed us to give back to our community. In the end, we all agreed that it was a great way to celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day.
Global Accessibility Awareness Day Has Passed, What Now?
Just because another Global Accessibility Awareness Day has passed us by doesn’t mean that we have to stop thinking about digital access. Below, we’ve provided some activities that will help to remind you of the importance of accessibility year round.
If you have a few moments, consider participating in one (or more) of the following tasks:
- Learn how to sign your name in ASL
- When you go on any errands, take note of accessibility concerns or aids that you recognize
- Compile a list of 5 different types of vision loss
- Turn on voiceover for your Mac or PC and try navigating a webpage
- Navigate a web page just using `tab` and `shift+tab`
- Install the Chrome Lens chrome extension and interact with websites with simulated vision impairments
Here’s to a more accessible web!
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