Accessible communications

by | Mar 20, 2020 | Blog

With the move that many workplaces and campaigns are making to using more online tools, such as Zoom, it’s more important than ever that people and organisations do some basic accessibility so that everyone is included.

Lots of groups are moving to using video conferencing, which can improve access for some disabled people, like me, but can also reduce accessibility for other disabled people.

Captioning and transcripts are important for many people, but particularly for Deaf and hard of hearing people. Here are some links and ideas about how to implement those for Zoom calls.

More broadly, AI Media has a guide to captioning and lots of information about doing this well.

You can add captions to videos on Facebook as well, and there are apps for Instagram to create captions for stories and posts.

Just as important as the technical details of how to do accessibility, is a commitment to thinking about and implementing the tools to include us all. Have a read of the Access Is Love campaign resources, and start baking accessibility into everything that you do.

Other Articles

Election issues for disabled people

Election issues for disabled people

Last week, I asked disabled people about what issues were most important to them in the Federal Election, and got a flood of great answers with a few key themes. The responses covered making being sick and disabled a whole lot more affordable, fixing the admin and...

read more
Latest writing and updates

Latest writing and updates

My essay about living through a pandemic as a disabled person is out in the latest issue of Meanjin. I wrote this at the end of 2021, and it includes very personal reflections about what the pandemic has meant for me, and the community I'm so grateful to be part of....

read more
Do we matter?

Do we matter?

[This was my Patreon article from last Sunday, and is just as relevant today. Sign the petition to get action on vaccines for disabled people.] I’m angry and sad today, so this post has more swears than usual. Disabled people and disability workers in a group home in...

read more