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Celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) in San Francisco

May 16, 2019 · San Francisco, United States of America


Join us on Thursday, May[masked] to celebrate the 8th Global Accessibility Awareness Day (#GAAD). The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking globally, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc) access/inclusion and people with different disabilities.


We'll welcome Chris McMeeking to discuss the differences between accessibility testing on native mobile apps VS mobile web. Native Mobile App A11y testing lacks many of the support mechanisms of Web Accessibility and has unique challenges. However, within these challenges lie additional opportunities—the capability to create truly expressive applications for users with disabilities.


Chris McMeeking is the Mobile Tech Lead at respected accessibility consultancy Deque Systems and flying in to SF from Michigan to help us celebrate GAAD. Let's give him a warm Bay Area welcome!


6:00 – 6:30 — Networking with snacks & conversation

6:30 – 7:00 — Opening announcements, sharing digital accessibility jobs, a welcome from Salesforce

7:00 – 8:00 — Talk: "The Difference Between Native Mobile and Web Accessibility Testing" by guest speaker Chris McMeeking

8:00 – 8:20 — Networking and goodbyes


Salesforce Tower
415 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Once you arrive at 415 Mission Street (the Salesforce Tower), meetup guests should check in at the Salesforce Visitor Desk that is to the left after coming in through the main entrance doors.

Note: after entering the building, there is a Security Desk about 20 feet inside, directly in front of the entrance—guests should ask for or navigate to the "Visitors Desk" which is located to the left of this Security desk for checking in.


The closest BART Station is Montgomery (about 0.3 miles from Salesforce Tower). From Montgomery Station, one efficient way to navigate is to travel south on 1st Street from Market St for one block until it intersects with Mission Street. The Salesforce Tower is situated on the east side of the intersection of Mission and 1st streets.


Salesforce requires guests to check in with ID, sign an NDA, and provide an email address before an event volunteer can escort guests up to the meetup room in the Salesforce Tower.

If you need any accommodations to participate and feel welcomed, please message the Meetup organizers in advance to let them know of any access needs or considerations.

Find out more about Global Accessibility Awareness Day and events happening round the world at https://globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org/ or following GAAD on twitter at https://twitter.com/gbla11yday

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  • Bay Area Accessibility and Inclusive Design

    Calling all Bay Area developers, designers, accessibility, usability and any other high-tech professionals who have an interest in digital (web, mobile, etc.) accessibility and users with different disabilities. Whether you: work on digital accessibility and are eager to share your knowledge, want to learn how to make what you are creating accessible to and inclusive of users with different disabilities, and/or are keen to network with like-minded professionals, this group is for you. Meetups will rotate b

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