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Reading The Ramp Man, written and illustrated by grade 6 students! Excited to share this with & her Ss as we look forward to beginning work with

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You pay a little more attention to some people because what they share has an impact. posts some pretty incredible content. Today I spent some time reading about her company, belief in and . Haven't heard about them? You will.

Honest question for advocates in my TL: when putting alt-text in photos, is it better to say (frex) "Photo of Serena Williams" or "Photo of Black woman playing tennis"? Both? Does it matter if the person is recognizable/what they're doing? Any resources for this?

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Today I was honoured & excited to start my 4 year term w the Advisory Committee. Great to join other dedicatated & advocates. Nice to see some familiar faces such as

Just released an update to Co:Writer so students can use Co:Writer as an accommodation on state assessments with the appropriate settings/features.

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anonymous asked:

iiaat to switch off needing certain accessibility features? i always have captions on and the option to have my phone read things out loud because sometimes i can’t focus on voices and sometimes i can’t comprehend words all the way (i get the individual words, but they don’t mean anything). Also, any tips for dealing with people that like to take away or make fun of this? (turning off my captions or not letting me read out loud/have things read because i “was working fine earlier”)? -Bee

Difficulty with auditory processing and/or reading comprehension can definitely be autistic traits, if that’s what you’re struggling with. And they can definitely fluctuate from day to day, so it could make sense that you would struggle more with those issues on some days and less with them on others. 

As for dealing with people who aren’t understanding, I would suggest being assertive. If someone tells you that you don’t need an accessibility tool that helps you, politely but firmly correct them. You can also try to inform them (e.g. “I know I was able to understand [X] earlier, but now I can’t understand [Y] because [insert reason here]” or “I need [accommodation] because [reason]”). But of course, don’t feel obligated to disclose any of your medical history to others if you’re not comfortable with that. 

Do any of our followers have other suggestions for dealing with people who aren’t accommodating?



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blindroblbrown  asked:

By any chance do you know where I can find a text, docx, or something for 5th character sheet? I haven't used a proper one in years, would like to format character info as such, but all I'm finding are image based or pdf, and my accessible conversion program no longer does pdf files. Frustrated as hell right now.

Oh no! That sucks… All the character sheets I have are unfortunately PDFs, but I found one that works in a Google Docs Spreadsheet? Click here for the Reddit thread that links to the Google Spreedsheet.

If that doesn’t work, I can keep looking for one. I thought I found one, but it was for 3.5…

Does anyone who follows me know of any?

Can we talk about this scene?

So General Amaya’s group finds a guard station abandoned, and one lone guard who failed to signal them.

The guard apologizes and makes an excuse,

Causing the others to turn away and drop their guard.

But the soldier signs “danger” covertly in front of his body,

Tipping off Amaya,

Who then proceeds to save the soldier’s life and get him out of the line of fire.

This tells us 2 things:

1) General Amaya is a super-perceptive, stone-cold badass,

2) This soldier is at least passingly familiar with Sign Language, and used it to give a warning that tipped off the fighting party to the ambush without getting himself killed. He almost certainly knows ASL because his commanding officer is deaf and uses it to communicate with her army. Having a disabled general just saved this man’s life.

I just love that The Dragon Prince gave us a fantastic example of how accessibility (i.e. incorporating ASL into an army to accommodate deaf soldiers) can improve the overall quality of an organization, in a way that also created a tense and well-paced action scene. This show, man.

  • a person: you’re killing the earth by drinking bottled water, go buy a filter pitcher and a reusable bottle!
  • my disabled ass on food stamps: food stamps don’t buy water filters, reusable bottles, or supplies to clean them. food stamps buy bottled water. if my tap water isn’t safe to drink and i can’t drink bottled water, i can’t drink water at all.
  • my autistic ass with ADHD: couldn’t remember that i even had a reusable bottle when I had one, struggled to remember to clean it, and frequently chose to not drink water at all because not enough executive function to fill or properly clean the bottle
  • my dyspraxic ass: dropped the reusable metal bottle all the time and it broke
  • in conclusion: i drink bottled water because I’m fuckin multiply disabled and on fuckin food stamps, janice

Please go like this video! An accessible app for the vision impaired!

My best friend Zackery has worked hard on this app and idea for the last 7 months now. He is entering in to a few contests and needs people to like and share his video. The app will help make public areas more accessible. ADA has not been updated since 1990 and Reference Point Navigation(RPN) will help close the technology gap of accessible information and navigation. Please watch, like, and share his video. Many people help make this happen but it’s because of Zack’s idea and the help of his development team that this app has come to fruition.

anonymous asked:

Do vision impaired people really seek out fan art? I am NOT trying to be ablest, I’m legitimately curious - it seems like a format that’s inherently inaccessible. What is the purpose of it if you can’t see the artist’s work? Again again again, I’m really not trying to be a bigot I’m just dumb and I googled it but there aren’t any answers coming up.

yes, blind people seek out and enjoy all kinds of art. obviously, this interest varies person by person, just as it does with sighted people. blind people aren’t disinterested in visual media, they just consume it differently.

our world is incredibly visual, especially when it comes to popular culture. blind people go to the movies, they get tattoos, they commission art to hang in their homes, they enjoy fashion, they get funky haircuts, they go to art museums, they are part of fandoms. and again, individual interest in these things will vary, but the consumption and enjoyment of a certain thing isn’t solely dependent on one sense or ability.

Not to sound like twitter bitching man™️, but nothing makes me madder than theme makers using font-sizes that are 12px and below on their own blog and their themes, because, how in the hell is anyone supposed to read that? 

You write a tutorial with more than 500 words and expect someone to read all of that in a 12px light-gray serif font on a bright white background?  

How is anyone going to be able to read that? Especially when it comes to people who suffer from dyslexia or who get migraines easily. Please consider accessibility when designing something!

anonymous asked:

when it comes to describing well known things, like characters or pop culture icons (eg superman or winnie the pooh), at what point can you assume "Everyone knows what X looks like, i dont have to describe the details" or should you not assume at all? thanks 💖💖

there’s actually a lot of discussion about this among my accessibility circles. some people are stringent about descriptions needing to be totally impartial and detailed so that no prior knowledge or embellishment of the subject is necessary. but for whatever it’s worth, i disagree with that stance. i think image descriptions MUST go beyond “just describing what’s literally there” to make connections, if possible, to wider visual media.

for example, there was a person within an accessibility group i’m part of that said they would describe a lightning bolt (within a business’s logo) as “a yellow zigzag shape” because that’s literally what it is, and calling it a lightning bolt is an assumption. however, if it’s meant to be a lightning bolt–and if sighted people would recognize it as such–describing it that way actually makes no sense. if someone said “a yellow zigzag” to me, i wouldn’t necessarily think “lightning bolt” and neither would a blind person. so in that case, i would describe it as a lightning bolt. 

i know that’s a different case than what you’re talking about, but it illustrates the importance of both literal and subjective description. personally, i strive for a balance between the two extremes, leaning towards naming the popular icon rather than laboring over every detail about them. some detail is good! but you should definitely ALSO name the character, cultural reference, etc if you know it.

lightupheelies  asked:

How come hiding the image description under a read more is bad? Sometimes my descriptions can get lengthy and I don’t like having long captions on my art.

several reasons! the main thing is that it means blind and low vision folks can’t simply scroll through their dash, and instead have to click through to individual image posts to know what’s going on. if that’s how tumblr worked for sighted people, nobody would use it, heh.

also, screen readers can be finnicky with hyperlinks. while links do work most of the time, sometimes they dont, so the people who need the readmore most may be less likely to even access it.

it can be useful to think about accessibility as an attempt to make a disabled person’s experience as convenient and straightforward as an able bodied person’s. if there’s a door close to the parking lot, don’t make the only accessible entrance around the back. if sighted people can scroll through their feeds and know what’s going on, so should blind people. etc.

putting ids under a read more is obviously better than not having one at all, and it might seem like a small difference. but these small differences truly do add up for folks who are navigating a world every day that was not designed for them. blind and disabled folks already have to be inconvenienced and resourceful in unreasonable ways, so anything that can be done to lessen that load is ideal! I hope that makes sense. (a+ username, btw!)

anonymous asked:

Hi there! I was just curious. I hardly see any posts or comments or anything by disabled people talking about image descriptions and how they’ve helped them. I think most artists/posters don’t use IDs simply because no one who needs it talks about it. I didn’t think anyone who had visual needs would even use a site like tumblr because it seemed like it’d be hard to use when a good majority of it is pictures and visuals. Maybe giving exposure to disabled voices would let people know they exist?

i mean, i do. but there are a couple problems with that line of thinking.

1) it’s a self fulfilling prophecy sort of deal. my IRL blind friends don’t use tumblr, because they tried and it was inaccessible nightmare and nobody added image descriptions when asked. so yeah, the low accessibility of tumblr certainly turns a lot of disabled people away. this is why it’s important that things are accessible from the ground up. if we simply wait for “enough” disabled people to request access, well, that’s a backwards and reductive way of looking at accessibility.

2) there are absolutely blind and low vision folks on tumblr talking about accessibility, and i regularly share their posts. but fyi, even though i’m sure it’s not what you intended, suggesting that “no one who needs it talks about it” and that’s why tumblr is inaccessible is putting the blame on disabled people for… not being loud enough? not advocating for themselves enough? uplifting the voices of disabled people is important but it’s also important not to put the whole burden of access on the shoulders of disabled people.

3) that above line of thinking is incorrect anyway. i have in-real-life mutual friends with my blind friends who don’t make their stuff accessible, who don’t add image descriptions, who balk when asked to. “knowing a disabled person” does NOT guarantee they’ll care about accessibility. it can help some people, sure, but i spend a LOT of time thinking about what convinces folks to start writing image descriptions (and alternatively, what keeps them from starting) and it’s complicated. if it was as easy as “check out this post by this disabled person,” tumblr would be accessible.


Turned the CC and watched a great movie tonight with my hubby! Thank you to @bran_dan__venedaaaam_son for the info about the interpreter on the @actiview app! I had the app already for CC with the movie theaters. But this was awesome! I didn’t miss stuff! Thank you to @nyledimarco for making this possible!! You are amazing person!! #asl #americansignlanguage #signlanguage #accessibility #deafaccess #deafaccessibility #deafcan #hoh #hardofhearing #deafcommunity #deafculture #deafpride

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monicahicksdeservedbetter  asked:

I keep seeing posts asking people to reblog art instead of just "liking" it, and, like, I understand, but also I would reblog a lot more art if people added image descriptions to everything, but I can't send a mass message to all art is about that and "add image descriptions" posts never get as popular as "reblog art" posts

this is…a constant struggle. i would reblog SO much more if the original post was accessible. even with all the folks within the taz and cr fandoms who’ve started adding descriptions, i still pass up so much art that doesn’t. Over 800 posts sit in my drafts at any given time, awaiting descriptions.

i also balk at the idea that I make people’s art accessible because… I don’t, not while the inaccessible version is so easy to circulate. by adding an ID, I’m adding an accessible branch. the root of the post is still inaccessible, and that’s never far from my mind.

i say this all the time (and this is probably going deeper than you intended with your question), but i really do try to meet people where they are. i dont shame folks for not knowing about accessibility before they are exposed to it. but i also desperately want to impress upon content creators–not just artists, ALL content creators–that if they put out inaccessible content, they are creating for able-bodied people only. they are excluding disabled people from their audience.

helping content creators change this is part of this blog’s purpose, and it’s why I started the people’s accessibility discord, etc. but convincing creators that it’s even an issue, and that original posts should be accessible, has been the biggest hurdle.