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GitHub unveils new initiatives for Global Accessibility Day


By Catherine Knowles, Journalist

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In light of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, GitHub, thea AI-driven developer platform, has unveiled new internal initiatives aimed at enhancing inclusivity for its community of over 100 million developers. These efforts, led by GitHub's inaugural Head of Accessibility, Ed Summers, strive to ensure accessibility for all on the platform.

The latest projects include an 'Accessibility Design Bootcamp', designed to bolster awareness of web accessibility optimisation and advocacy among cross-functional collaborators. A new 'Accessibility Champions program' has been created to equip GitHub employees with the ability to champion accessibility in their respective teams. An 'Engineering Fundamentals' initiative has been set up to embed accessibility as a key pillar, thus promoting scalability by defining, measuring, and sustaining engineering supremacy throughout GitHub.

Summers asserts the importance of disabled voices in the accessibility conversation and tech space, stating, “A popular mantra within the disability community is, ‘nothing about us without us’. Given that technology is a vital part of everyone's lives, it is absolutely essential that individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to contribute to, and guide the development of technology."

The importance of having disabled developers is evident in the newest episode [...]

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