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Useful apps that help with accessibility w/ social media

There are many folks who can't wait for social media companies to meet their accessibility needs. Instead, there is a proliferation of apps created by developers, especially users w/ disabilities. What are some you use? What do you like about them? Do they absolve companies of their responsibilities?

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Oversight Prior to Rolling Out New Sites

No architect can get away with designing a building without wheelchair ramps, elevators and accessible bathrooms, because there is a permit needed and inspections are made prior to the first brick being laid. But, for people with print handicaps, equal access is more and more often a digital issue. Elevators can be many thousands of dollars, while making accessible websites, software and digital interfaces on appliances, ...more »

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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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Open source technology

Perhaps government funded grants to individuals/small companies that are creating free and cheap open source accessible technology? I know of at least two people who are doing everything they can to learn Linux well enough to create AAC apps, screen readers, and other software that is actually affordable. Big companies generally have no interest in actually making anything that is cheap ($200 for an AAC app?!), and ...more »

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Suggestions for Workforce Investment System

I work for our local Workforce Investment System and am particularly interested in helping our job seeker customers with disabilities. Do you have any recommendations for some quick, easy tips that our counselors can give to customers with disabilities to help them use social media for their job search?

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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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Social Security Communications

The Social Security Administration sends out compact disks, which are printed with personal information on the face, and mailed in expensive packaging. For instance, an increase in SSDI for an individual and their three children will get four CDs in the mail, packaged separately. It is a huge waste of taxpayer resources, and with optical drives going away in computers, in favor of Internet downloads, this type of communication ...more »

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Federal Websites

Many federal websites remain inaccessible to those with assistive technology. A good example is the Department of Veterans Affairs. While Section 508 (no 504) is the governing policy, no one is really enforcing it. I believe that they should be held accountable, as many of their systems are being automated, but accessibility remains an afterthought. Like professionals in other fields, the foks working their technology ...more »

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Infographics

How many people put up an infographic that doesn't have a link to an alternate text file/webpage that describes the data? More of a general question...

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If you didn't know how to use a computer, what would you do?

People and especially people who are undeserved in this area (people with disabilities) need the opportunity to learn and get training about various technologies. Recently I heard from over a hundred people with disabilities many of whom communicated that they don't know how to use a computer. Think about if you didn't know how (but wanted to learn) to use a computer (let alone social media tools). How frustrated ...more »

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Increasing opportunities for technology inclusion

People with disabilities are sometimes overlooked when it comes to equal opportunities to teach and expose them to the "latest" communication technologies, software, apps, social media, etc. Income disparities between people with disabilities and those without make it harder for people with disabilities to access and engage these. Social media companies should know that if they promote initiatives to make training and ...more »

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Private vs. Public

Private and more secure sites on the web vs. Public and less secure sites on the web is the real issue. People with disabilities embraced online communication before social media sites came into the picture. Many PWDs continue to stay strong with those communities and do not feel social media sites have embraced the PWD online social scene. Studies have demonstrated that PWDs are more online than the general public ...more »

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