Accessibility In Social Media: 15 + 4 Things You Can Do (Full Presentation Notes)

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Last week, I presented at Public Sector Social Media, a conference directed to Government employees and consultants whose work touches on the social media-sphere. I gave a talk on Social Media Accessibility issues entitled, "15 + 4 Things You Can Do to Improve the Accessibility of Your Social Media". Today I am happy to share with you my presentation script, in case it might be helpful in making your own social media content more accessible.

What exactly is "accessibility"?

Interestingly, the person who spoke before me used the term "Accessibility" in her presentation as well; however, she meant reachable, as in "be accessible via social media".

For the purposes of this presentation, I defined accessibility as:
equal access to information and services, regardless of ability (physical or cognitive).
In this case, I explored computer accessibility as it pertains specifically to social media platforms and their usage by governments in communicating and engaging with citizens.

Format of the presentation

The presentation consists of 4 parts:
  1. An overview of assistive technologies and common accessibility issues found on social media platforms;
  2. 15 implementable ideas that anyone can use to make their social media communications more accessible;
  3. 4 more advanced ideas that more experienced practitioners can use to make their content more accessible; and,
  4. A list of tools and resources that can be consulted for additional information on Accessibility.
I am releasing the presentation notes (basically my full script, minus some of the more visual examples) to anyone who might be interested.

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As with all my presentation notes and the content on this site, I've assigned the Accessibility In Social Media presentation notes a Creative Commons license (CC by 3.0 non-commercial, see below for details). Feel free to use, copy, share, modify, improve and generally enjoy all of it, with attribution, for personal use. Not for commercial use.

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