GAAD - Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2021

Immersive Accessibility GAAD at UAB

Thursday May 20th 2021



Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) is an event that takes place every year all around the world and aims to raise awareness about the importance of digital accessibility for a more inclusive society. The 10th Annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day will take place as scheduled on the third Thursday of May, May 20th, 2021.

This will be TransMedia Catalonia's fourth year of participation in this international initiative. To celebrate GAAD in 2019, the TransMedia Catalonia research group opened the doors of its lab to the public to allow them to test a range of assistive technologies. For GAAD 2020, the research group contributed in the form of a playlist of accessibile videos explaining each of their projects and a Twitter poll regarding accessibility in audiovisual media.

To celebrate GAAD 2021, Immersive Accessibility GAAD at UAB will display a 360 video where some accessibility service solutions have been edited such as captions/subtitles and audio description. This is part of the research activities within EU funded projects SOCLOSE, TRACTION and MediaVerse, following on from previous research carried out as part of the previous project ImAc.

Relevant Publications:

  • Hughes, CJ , Zapata, MB, Johnston, M and Orero, P 2020, Immersive captioning : developing a framework for evaluating user needs , in: IEEE AIVR 2020 : 3rd International Conference on Artificial Intelligence & Virtual Reality 2020, 14th-18th December 2020, Online. (In Press)
  • Brescia-Zapata, M. (forthcoming). The present and future of accessibility services in vr360 players. inTRAlinea.
  • Hughes, C. J., Brescia-Zapata, M., Johnston, M., & Orero, P. (2020). Immersive captioning: Developing a framework for evaluating user needs. IEEE AIVR 2020:3rd International Conference on Artificial Intelligence & Virtual Reality 2020
  • Orero, P., Hughes, C. J., & Brescia-Zapata, M. (2020). Evaluating subtitle readability in media immersive environments. DSAI 2020, the 9th International Conference on Software Development and Technologies for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-exclusion., 2nd-4th December 2020, Online. (In Press)
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