(@moderatoralice)

Solutions

Alt text for images on social media

I frequently post images on various social media sites. I notice that several of my friends take the time to write text descriptions for each image for people who use screenreader software. I'm trying to be more mindful of that in my own online activities. Wouldn't it be great if there was a built-in prompt on Facebook or Twitter that allows you to write a brief description of the image every time you upload one? The ...more »

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(@rgmurbach)

Solutions

Video Captioning

Before a video can complete an upload to the site, the submitter should be prompted as to whether the video is captioned or not. If it isn't, it should be denied until it is.

 

If it is found that a submitter uploaded a non-captioned video, it will be removed upon complaint or confirmation by site moderator.

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(@rgmurbach)

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Audio Recording (AR)/Podcast

A submitter of AR or podcast will be prompted of said material is captioned or have written transcript available. If answer is no, upload will not be allowed.

 

If a non-accessible AR or podcast is uploaded and a site user complains or site moderator discovered the violation, material will be removed until it is accessible.

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(@jonkuniholmncd)

Solutions

Low impact suggestions

Several of the suggestions that we have to assure accessibility effectively place the burden of creating transcripts or captions on content creators, preventing the distribution of the content without these features. While 100% effective if implemented, such measures would be a very hard sell to either industry or the consumers who (in social media) are creating the content, and are unlikely to be implemented. For this ...more »

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(@bbigham)

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Insurance will buy a smart phone as a talker but no phone useage

Smart phones may be the talkers of the future but I keep running across the same problem. Insurance will pay for a smart phone to be used as a talker--but they will not allow that phone to be hooked up as a telephone. The parents must buy a second phone to be used as a telephone. This means a student with limited abilities must be taught to use two pieces of equipment. This is a silly burden to the student (who has ...more »

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(@tuttle)

Solutions

Warning before UI changes

Social media sites frequently go through User Interface changes as what they want to offer changes. Unfortunately for those of us with cognitive disabilities, or those with disabilities which affect how someone navigating a site, changes to the UI, especially sudden, can be a challenge. Warning that a UI change is going to occur, providing an idea of how the change is going to look, such as providing an optional version ...more »

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(@jennie.delisi)

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Using Lists

At times if you follow a lot of people reading the feed on twitter can be overwhelming. Using lists is a great way to filter to find information about a specific topic. Similarly, I use a third party app, like TweetDeck, to filter even further if I am watching for information about a specific event such as a conference. You can track all postings related to a specific #hashtag.

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(@jonkuniholmncd)

Solutions

Other types of accessibility

Most discussions of this type focus on visual disability, and the solutions that it requires: captioning and transcription. What other types of barriers to participating in social media have you encountered? What solutions have you come up with on your own?

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(@michellesollicito)

Socializing

Use Facebook GROUPS not Pages

When helping people to self-help or help other people, a Facebook GROUP is so much more effective than a page. I am the founder of SnowedOutAtlanta, and I found that using a group helped people to find out information from each other, help each other and help themselves. It is a multi-way conversation whereas a Faccebook Page is one way. It is very important to realize the difference

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(@lalle916)

News & Information

Annual Social Media Check

Since the shelf life of data on social media spans decades and databases share data with other databases without validating the accuracy of data there needs to be a mechanism to allow the person to verify the accuracy their social data and a process to correct/remove discrepancies.

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(@lalle916)

Employment

Secure Employment Application

Accessibility without security can put PWDs at risk. Online employment applications may or may not be secured by a job board, organization or other employment entity.

 

Many online job boards do not vet or screen employers since access to applicant data is based on payment. If applicant information security was an important concern then it is likely organizations would improve accessibility.

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(@lalle916)

Employment

Employment Application Timeout

The timeout period for online employment applications is typically 30 minutes. The average time for a person a to complete an online application is usually longer than 30 minutes. It would be helpful if the application software would prompt at the applicant how much time before prompted with a timeout. The timeout notifications which I have found works best is screen dimming, contrast change, and/or audible beep sound ...more »

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(@lalle916)

Socializing

Privacy Controls

The constant changing of privacy controls by social media providers leaves me wondering about social safety. The privacy selections should clearly spell out in plain language the consequences of each selection. Or move to a model that is high, medium or low in terms of privacy because the controls today are overly complex to really know what and with whom your sharing information. Low privacy appears to be the default ...more »

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(@tuttle)

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Ability to choose colors and font sizes

Without needing to go and override things like the entire webbrowser, the ability to choose what color a site is (background and text color), and what font size the text is at, would really aid in viewing the site. Social media sites are ones you're more likely to view on public computers, so they're more likely to be ones this is a bigger deal for. Font size and color both can really determine whether or not someone ...more »

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