Adapted from Mayor’s Office of People with Disabilities Handout on December 21, 2017
Readout of Workshop | http://nyc.gov/mopd
What is Accessibility?
Accessibility refers to the design of an experience that can be enjoyed by all people. Something tat is not accessible disregards a select population of people that are left out of the experience entirely. Typically, this is thought of in terms of physical spaces (ramps, elevators, etc.) but this also applies to digital ones as well.
People with disabilities use assistive technology to interact with computers, tablets, and smartphones. A person from the blind community can use a screen reader to have the contents of the screen read out loud to them.
How can someone make social media accessible?
Include a written description for any images or photos.
Images add flair to social media posts, making them more attractive, attention grabbing and simpler to understand. Without an image description, a person using a screenreader cannot extract any meaning from the content.
Writing Image Description
Ask the following questions and combine your answers for the description.
Where is the photo being taken?
The Verrazano Bridge
Who is in the photo?
Thousands of runners
What are they doing?
Running in the NYC Marathon
Why is this photo being taken?
To show the spectacle of the Marathon, specifically how the bridge is closed.
Adding Image Descriptions to Social Media Posts
Option 1: Descriptions are added onto the content of the post itself labeled “Image Description”
Option 2: Descriptions are added with alt-text, an invisible text written onto the image. Twitter users can enable alt-text in their account settings under “accessibility.” Once enabled, users can write descriptions directly onto their images before posting. (Must be posting native on twitter.)