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Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2023

Today (18 May) marks Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) which aims to shine a light on the importance of digital access and inclusion for the more than one billion people living with disabilities/impairments worldwide.

Thu 18th May 2023 The PDA

By taking simple steps to allow better digital accessibility and remove barriers, it can open new opportunities for those with a disability/impairment.

The theme for this year is keeping technology accessible for everyone, especially as we live in a society where technology plays a key part in our lives.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day was established in 2012 and inspired by a blog post written by Joe Devon, a web developer. He collaborated with Jennison Asuncion, an accessibility professional to launch Global Accessibility Awareness Day to make technology accessible for everyone.

The PDA believes that someone with a disability should have access to the same experiences and opportunities as those without disabilities and this includes having a first-rate digital experience online. The PDA also believes that disabled pharmacists should have the same access to technology in the workplace as non-disabled pharmacists and they are entitled to any required adjustments.

Pharmacists who feel that they are being denied a reasonable adjustment in the workplace are encouraged to contact the PDA Member Support Centre. This will not only support the well-being of disabled pharmacists, but it will also ensure there is a fairer and more equal workplace for all.

The PDA Ability Network

In 2020, the PDA launched its own Ability Network for Disabled Pharmacists as part of their work to meet the demands of their growing membership and advance their work on equality.

The Ability Network concerns itself with issues of special relevance to disabled pharmacists in the UK. It provides a structure through which members can work together to proactively address and campaign around disability discrimination and its causes and consequences.

Support Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Those who would like to take part in Global Accessibility Awareness Day can do so by attending both in-person and online events, there are also online resources that can be accessed such as webinars on how to make websites accessible for all.

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If you have not yet joined the PDA, we encourage you to join today and ask your colleagues to do the same.

Membership is FREE to pharmacy students, trainee pharmacists and for the first three months of being newly qualified.


Read about our key member benefits here.


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