(@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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(@hector.m.ramirez)

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Accessibility is not just for people with Disabilities

Make close captions or real live captions standard features on image content that utilize sound/voice. This standard aids in reading comprehension, ESL instruction, help folks recognize if their sound preseption and interpretation is changing. Because accessibility is not just good practices for folks with disabilities.

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(@lalle916)

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Increase Accessbility Awareness/Training

Social media sites at their core do not follow universal design practices or follow web accessibility standards in building their user interfaces. Facebook recently at the CSUN conference discovered that the folks who create and maintain their user interfaces lacked accessibility awareness and/or training. The complexity of different platforms, different API's, etc. added to the list of issues. http://alastairc.ac/2014/03/csun-scalling-accessibility-facebook/ ...more »

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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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(@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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(@vicky.vs.chen)

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Display Options

I wonder if it would be too hard to ask social media sites to give users a few different display options. One problem I often have with sites like Facebook is the fact that information can be placed in various blocks anywhere on the page. I navigate using a magnifier most of the time, and it's easy not to be able to find things. Picture icons are also a huge headache. It would be great if we could choose for those icons ...more »

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(@tuttle)

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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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(@ckrogsund)

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Captioning Videos on Youtube

When YouTube launched it's first captioning tool, we were ecstatic! But once I tested it, I had to re-do the majority of the captions since the words were all incorrect. Although YouTube's captioning tool is getting better, it still has many glitches and doesn't always work when needed. At our organization, we go above and beyond the basic YouTube captions by implementing embedded captions right into the video itself. ...more »

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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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(@teigan.hockman)

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Autoplay

Autoplay should be discontinued across the board. I have an adblocker, but if I'm on a different computer there are always ads that flash and scream at me. Facebook now autoplays videos as do other websites. There is no reason for anything to autoplay (gifs, videos, or music). It's intrusive and triggering.

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(@lalle916)

Socializing

Clutter and Flash Control

Clutter on webpages actually cause simple tasks to become more complicated or lost and not completed. The flashing, winking and other active content of ads, etc. is to some annoying and others a trigger for adverse symptoms.

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(@emilyladau)

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Built-in Voice-control Features on Internet Browsers

Much of my employment responsibilities are related to use of social media, as I coordinate and manage content for multiple companies. I am able to type quickly and move a mouse, but I often find my wrists in pain at the end of the day because my work exacerbates my carpal tunnel syndrome (which initially stemmed from use of my hands to transfer and push my wheelchair). While I know dictation software is available, it ...more »

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(@mollyflueckiger)

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Section 508 compatible vs. usable

The art of developing a usable solution isn't about simply following accessibility guidelines, it's about having a good design process. Sadly, good design is undervalued, and accessibility principles (and guidelines) are taught as an afterthought, not a core component of technology or design. A solution? Well, if our best hope is the expensive and slow process of public awareness I suggest working to get these concepts ...more »

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(@rgmurbach)

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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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(@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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