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An interesting #accessibility development from Twitter: image alt text now exceeds the Tweet character limit by more than 3.5x: 1K characters! Finally you can describe images & GIFs in glorious detail—and hide your ranting such that only users with assistive devices will notice!
Here is a test of the 1000 character limit Twitter has introduced to the alt description of attached images.

I’ve included the text in the attached image in case you can’t view it on your device. As you can see, I have questions!

#twitter #accessibility Hi there, it's me, Rich Tatum! And this is the alt description containing the very text of the image I have screen captured and attached. That’s pretty meta, isn’t it? I guess that’s probably the most useful use case I can imagine: actually making sure that meme and text images can be fully transcribed into the alt description. I have no idea why I am writing such a long descriptive alt text for this image, other than I am testing out the massive 1,000 character limit. And I have quite a few more characters to go! Because at the end of this sentence, including the period, I will have clocked only 628 characters in total. Wow! Questions: Is the alt searchable on Twitter? I’ve never noticed alt text on the mobile app. How can we view them? If there is inflammatory, dangerous, hurtful text in the alt text, will the algorithms flag it? Will we be able to report abusive alt texts? What kinds of abuses would be actionable? Will Google/Bing index the text? Thank you for coming to my Ted talk.
Questions: Is the alt searchable on Twitter? I’ve never noticed alt text on the mobile app. How can we view them? If there is inflammatory, dangerous, hurtful text in the alt text, will the algorithms flag it?

#twitter #accessibility
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I was preparing several conference talks for 2020. #COVID19 canceled those plans. I have wanted to do a webzine for years, so I am turning my talks into this format. First article is out! Best viewed on laptop or landscape tablet.
“The Spotify model” got a bunch of companies talking like Taylor Swift about startup culture, but 4 former Spotify employees reveal the truth: its eponymous way of working failed before it scaled.…
Redditors let me know they didn’t like the magazine UX. I listened, then got off their lawn.

If you liked something about it, I would appreciate specific feedback to know what to keep doing.

I believe in editorial design’s value. I’m still learning how to do it well on the Web.
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A thread of useful resources on #DigitalEngagement & #PublicInvolvement - so I can keep tabs on things that I've picked up as much as anything.
Please add anything I've missed.
1/ This fab & hot-off-the-press #OnlineEngagement guide by @NCCPE
2/ Ever-evolving crowdsourced doc on digital co-design and remote #PublicInvolvement by @dr_know incl links to resources, questions & contacts:…
@dr_know 3/ The @dr_know Googledoc led to Zoom meetings about 'Meaningful cocreation during Covid' hosted by @katemartin_says & @JonoBroad. Open to anyone who’s interested
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@GOVUK and @GDSTeam launched a service to help extremely vulnerable people get help during the #coronavirus pandemic this week.

Initial commit: 4:22pm Thursday
Live service: 10:53am Monday

Incredible work by an incredible team.

A thread about the tech:
Thursday: we're going to build a form. It's got to be live very soon - there's a letter ready to post, and if the service isn't live when people get the letter...
The form sounds fairly bread-and-butter, but GOV.UK is mostly content, not forms. So how? Government has a few low-code form builders, but GDS don't have a preferred one. We spoke to @MoJGovUK about theirs, and looked closely at a few others.
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Accessibility was never a "nice to have" thing. It has always been a "must have" but people/orgs deprioritized it. Made it a thing for phase 2. A thing they can add later. As we go through this public health crisis, people are realizing it is an absolute MUST HAVE for all things.
Amidst all the uncertainty and increased focus on public health, people will be asked to make all materials accessible. That will include web sites that are providing critical info about disease, its spread, and prevention measures. It will include social media posts...
It will include emails. It will include resources on effective remote working. It will include educational resources and learning materials as we turn towards a "remote first" and/or "asynchronous first" initiative rather than in person/live first proposition.
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For those who teach distance, online, blended courses it must be baffling to see assumptions that:—this all can be done overnight, w/ no guide on good design, pedagogy, accessibility, accommodations, costs (tech), the student experience, attn to faculty/univ ownership of content.
Temporarily Teach Online.

“If (for some reason) you’re considering an abrupt move to online teaching, Stephanie Moore and Charles B. Hodges have practical advice for instructors in the short term” #COVID19 #cdnpse @insidehighered…
“Accessibility must be more than an add-on to online pedagogy.

If we are serious about accessible online learning, we must talk openly about disability as if it is right here, right now – because it is.” #cdnpse #COVID19 #accessibility @UA_magazine…
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I started teaching composition online in 2008. Here are some things I've learned over the years (a thread). #onlinelearning #digped #teamrhetoric #WPAlife
There are REASONS why online courses have higher DWF (drop/withdraw/fail) rates. One huge reason is that these courses can feel impersonal. Another is a lack of feeling accountable. Anything we as instructors can do to the improve the affective element of the course is critical.
I make many choices in my online courses to humanize the student experience. One key element of my #pedagogy is to respond to students' work via screencasting. Screencasting allows students to hear my voice and see my screen as I am grading their papers/digital projects.
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1/So there was lots of talk at @AACNursing #AACNdoc20 re: #Nursing #PhD pipeline, getting folx esp prelicensure students ‘excited’ about #nursingscience & the #BStoPhD

I totally revamped our #nursingresearch & #innovation course @UMassAmherst last fall to do just that

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2/ I told the Asst Dean when I took it on that regardless of the learning objectives for the course I had only 1 GOAL:

That by the end of the semester, these students would be EXCITED!-or at very least, just a little bit CURIOUS-about a career in #nursingscience & #innovation
3/ A note about context: This was a course of ~85 Accel BS students, taught in an urban campus that is geographically ~40mins drive from main @UMassAmherst campus, in the . The classroom assigned had no windows. Class ran 8am-1030am Weds, before more courses. I say this b/c....
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Here's my latest* update to my vetted collection of Twitter Disability and Chronic Illness hashtags. Please share it!

Thank you :-) Graffiti background. Foreground in black letters on a  white background to the left reads “Twitter Disability and Chronic Illness Hashtags”<br />
This collection is current as of 01.30.20, previous Twitter update 09.11.19.

There's a PDF version coming up this weekend, to be posted to my Kofi profile. I'll add the link toward the end when it goes up, after the questions, where you can also sign up for email updates.
This version has added

- community suggestions,
- mental health hashtags,
- Medical crowdfunding hashtags,
- and a section for cancer-related hashtags.
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In case you are unaware, I want to take a minute to fill you on how *harmful* Twitter has been for #disabled people for the past few weeks.

Tweets from 2 different disabled activists generated similar viral responses, unleashing repeated waves of #ableism & dehumanizing insults.
@Imani_Barbarin tweeted about meal delivery app drivers refusing to bring her food directly to her door despite her mobility issues

@coffeespoonie tweeted about being repeatedly denied service by rideshare drivers because of either her service dog, her wheelchair, or both.
Both of these women shared experiences of discrimination that are *not* isolated or uncommon, & #disabled twitter echoed their tweets with additional stories as well

The responses however have been BRUTAL, & display just how much #ableism we face to simply exist in public spaces
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Out Firefox protection, inner chrome/is corrupt hell browser exploit. masked as enterprise user but NoT
partial ffox config build #browser #exploit #accessibility #framework #abuse (t1)
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Alright time for an updated Twitter #Accessibility guide!

Here are SOME easy ways to make your tweets more #Accessible:

- Use camel case in hashtags (capitalize the first letter of each word! #DisabilityRights)
- Turn image descriptions ON in settings and USE THEM ALWAYS!
- add accurate captions to videos; there are free apps to help!

- add GIF descriptions in your main tweet or the one immediately following.

- Avoid excessive emojis in your display name (it’s awful with screenreaders!)

#Accessibility #Disability 2/?
- Avoid special fonts in tweets, name displays, etc. (beside bad legibility, these are symbols w/ actual meanings that get said by screen readers instead of your intended purpose & it’s AWFUL to listen to)

- avoid tweets with extreme spacing/formatting (ex: “handshake” meme)
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Hey friends! One of the table stakes of good UX is #accessibility. I want to share a personal story about how non-accessible experiences have had an impact on my family and how that’s informed my own UX practice. (Thread)
My middle sister is about 5 years younger than me. She was born with physical disabilities (she’s mostly blind and deaf) and cognitive challenges.
Throughout Jennifer’s childhood, we assumed she would never be able to communicate her needs or desires or be able to connect with the world in a way that would afford her any kind of agency.
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#DevelopmentCongress yesterday saw @KVairavamoorthy opening the event with a thought, when we can maintain a town sized community of 750,000 people airborne at any given time with modern water & sanitation amenities, what stops us from providing it to our fellow humans (1/n)
Drawing from his heritage, he noted, "it is the management of water and sanitation that has determined the longevity and exuberance of civilizations". #Resilience #Sanitation #ClimateResilience (2/n)
The tank systems prevalent in Sri Lanka and South of India were drawn as examples, as attempts by decision makers then to maintain an ecological balance while attempting to improve economic prosperity #EcologicalCivilization (3/n)
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Taking the #StopGapOttawa24hrAccessibilityChallenge today. I’ll be posting throughout the day. I get to leave & enter my house that is filled with stairs but once out the door the challenge is on. @StopgapOttawa #accessibility
Ok. I’m off. Worked from home for a bit now heading out to take LRT into City Hall. Last inaccessible steps I’ll take today!
Would usually cross here to make the intersection crossing faster but the ped button is behind those bushes!!
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Here's how this kind of thing works:
1. Right-wing website doesn't interview anyone about the workshop.
2. Website's followers send threats/promise to show up & disrupt.
3. Workshop privacy settings changed for safety.
4. Website authors/followers outraged about privacy settings.
I have yet to read an article in a conservative publication that explains that (a) faculty voluntarily do professional development to become more effective teachers, (b) it's typical for universities to have teaching centers that help faculty with this development, and. . .
(c) there's an entire body of rigorously peer-reviewed literature, based on sound social science, that guides the development of teaching centers' workshops. Faculty developers and instructional designers don't make this stuff up out of thin air.
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on the normalization of ableist practices
i have the tv on while i'm getting read to take Karl to the dog park and a commercial for @Gain detergent comes on. A person doing laundry, Helen, has a motto when it comes to scents, "the more the better" which is clear when you look at her array of scent diffusers and candles.
She then discovers Gain's Scent Blast Detergent & angles start singing as Helen inhales the scent. The rest of her family is also bowled over by the detergent's scent... they all "LOVE IT" and "CAN'T GET ENOUGH."
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Try to remember that you won't always know who's autistic, who's disabled, etc. Which is why you need to be accessible, open-minded, and accepting to everyone. Don't be the person who only makes the effort if we out ourselves as disabled to you.
We too often have to reveal that we're autistic (or anything else) for people to stop being ableist and to give us even basic accommodations. It's unsafe and uncomfortable. Accessibility and consideration should be the standard way we all treat each other.
Again, I think it comes back to that idea people have that allistic / neurotypical = default, and they forget / ignore that anyone around them could be autistic unless we specifically tell them or conform to the stereotypes about autistic people.
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Here’s my latest update to the list of Twitter #Disability & #ChronicIllness Hashtags.

- previous update 02.24.19 -

Please share it! Thank you. :-)

@ImageAltText Graffiti background. Foreground in white letters on a  red background to the left reads “Twitter Disability and Chronic Illness Hashtags”
There will be a PDF version up for download on my Ko-fi, likely tomorrow morning. The link is at the end.
Hashtags For Personal Narratives.

These hashtags are for sharing your stories & experiences. Also good for crowdsourcing solutions.

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Hullo, what have we here @MoHFW_INDIA ?!

Your recently released Clinical Establishments guidelines 2019 indicate that 'mentally disabled' will need a guardian for informed consent!

First off why are you equating disabled people with minors?…

#Capacity Appendix 9 EXTRACT <br />
The informed consent shall at the least contain the following information in an understandable language and format (desirably which a lay person can easily understand) <br />
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@MoHFW_INDIA @EqualsCPSJ @RajivSpeaks @Deepak_TMN @drsitu @netshrink @vjayakumar @amritbakhshy @val_resh @SmithaSadasiva5 Next - bad enough we've had to suffer conflation of 'unsound mind' with mental illness, now we have a sweeping 'mental disability' which means ... what exactly?
@MoHFW_INDIA @EqualsCPSJ @RajivSpeaks @Deepak_TMN @drsitu @netshrink @vjayakumar @amritbakhshy @val_resh @SmithaSadasiva5 If you cannot assume capacity for all, suspect capacity for all. Stop singling out disabled people for guardian consent.
Embrace diversity in communication and supported decision making.
No mention of advance directives?
#Competence #RPWD #MHCA #CRPD #PatientAdvocate #GAL #DNR
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At @AASHTOSpeaks Joint Policy Conference of Committee on Design and Council on Active Transportation (I'm a member of that). Flexible design workshop to kick it off. #infrastructure #RoadSafety
Joyce Taylor, Maine DOT Chief Engineerb Over the years people have debated names for different approaches to streets that serve people. Let's call it GOOD DESIGN. #AASHTO #infrastructure #RoadSafety #PeopleStreets #HealthyStreets
Shari Schaftlein, FHWA Office of Human Environment, on context sensitive solutions/design. Case studies/resources #AASHTO #infrastructure #RoadSafety #PeopleStreets
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HEY! I learned a thing today about an argument I always assumed was bikeshedding, but apparently using TABS instead of spaces is actually better for #accessibility! More info here:…
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Something very important... will be discussed in the coming days...

#UrbanDevelopment #BLR
Can anyone guess what this is about ? :)
Yes. Many of you got it right.

This picture is indeed a Braille code at a public transport station.

As part of our #UrbanDevelopment #BLR discussions this week, we will now be looking at how ACCESSIBLE Bengaluru really is.
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I am going to first translate this, then extend this to archivability.Jeroen Pluimers added,
Bianca ♻️ 🚵‍♀️ 😎

Based on the below thread of @jpluimers @mbirna @rulesbyrosita
Accessibility in #UXdesign is not hard. It very much depends if you factor in accessibility from the very start.

It requires a different way of thinking early on in the process. Repairing inaccessible cases on the other hand is difficult in costly, and often is the case.
This basically holds for anything: when #accessibility is your starting point, then you can include it for a maximum of 5% of the total cost without having to compromise things like beautiful design.

Again, architecting solutions need to include accessibility from day 1! 💪
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