AccessibleNOW

AccessibleNOW is a national campaign run by the National Federation of the Blind that calls for accessibility in all aspects of daily life. 

We want to engage our members and the community, and provide public awareness around topics of accessibility as they arise. This includes equal access to information, services, products, and programs.

Join the conversation. We will add more events and ways to get involved to this page in the coming weeks and months. 

#AccessibleNOW #a11y Twitter Chat: Friday, May 15, 2020

Join us for our #AccessibleNOW #a11y Twitter chat Friday, May 15 at 2:00 p.m. ET. A Twitter chat is a scheduled, organized topical conversation on Twitter centralized around a specific hashtag.

Engage with previous #AccessibleNOW Twitter chats here.

Twitter Chat Tips

  • Find the chat either by searching for the #AccessibleNOW hashtag or going to the @NFB_Voice profile.
  • In every response during the Twitter chat, include the designated hashtags. For this chat, the hashtags are #AccessibleNOW #a11y. 
  • Include the question number in your response. For example, question one may be, "Q1: Introduce yourself." Start your reply with A1 to coordinate your answers to the corresponding question.
  • Engage with others in the chat. The chat isn’t only for answering the set questions but to also encourage, support, and assist others who are part of the chat. Tweet, reply, retweet.

Twitter Chat Questions

The following questions will be posted steadily throughout the hour-long Twitter Chat. Answer one or all of them.

  • Q1: Please introduce yourself and share what general technology or screen access software you use, and what type of online content you consume or participate in. #AccessibleNOW #a11y
  • Q2: Given these new times we are living in, what types of content or online activities are you participating in that you might not have before? #AccessibleNOW #a11y
  • Q3: What areas or content online do you wish you could participate in more but you're unable to due to accessibility barriers? #AccessibleNOW #a11y
  • Q4: When shopping online, what are some of the biggest barriers or challenges? #AccessibleNOW #a11y
  • Q5: Regarding social media platforms, what barriers do you face that need to be addressed? #AccessibleNOW #a11y
  • Q6: How are you accessing news information currently and what is it like to navigate this task? #AccessibleNOW #a11y
  • Q7: What are examples of good web accessibility? #AccessibleNOW #a11y
  • Q8: What do you think the next big innovation in web accessibility should be? #AccessibleNOW #a11y

General Twitter Tips

The idea behind Twitter is to say what you are thinking or doing very concisely, in 280 characters or less. When you sign up for Twitter, you’ll create a username or handle. This is what people will associate with you along with the name you list. For example, our National Federation of the Blind username is NFB_Voice. In your profile, you’ll be able to add a little more information about yourself such as a brief bio, your picture, and your location. When you create a tweet, which is what posts are called on Twitter, it will be listed under your profile. By placing the @ symbol in front of a username, you can tag, or mention, another user in your tweet. 

  • A follower is someone who follows you on Twitter and sees your updates on their home feed; you can follow people back to see their tweets in your home feed.     
  • Your home feed displays a stream of tweets from accounts you have chosen to follow on Twitter.
  • Retweet (RT) is a way for someone to share a tweet from another user’s account.
  • A hashtag is when you use the # symbol in front of any word or phrase to tag your tweets. When someone clicks that hashtag, they see your tweet along with everyone else’s tweets using that same exact term.
  • Be sure to turn on the feature to compose image descriptions, or alt-text, which can be found in settings. If you create a post with an image, a field will then populate to include the description.
  • If you are using Twitter on your iPhone or Android, the Twitter app is fairly accessible. On iOS, Twitterrific is another popular app that has taken accessibility very seriously. On your desktop computer, you can use Twitter by going to the website twitter.com. You can also choose to download a client called TWBlue. Because of Twitter’s decisions about what to allow outside apps to access, these clients are not always up-to-date with your direct messages, but they do provide an ad-free and easy-to-access way of reading and writing tweets.

More Information

For more information about the AccessibleNOW campaign, please email AccessibleNOW@nfb.org. Please note that the NFB cannot provide legal support for every inquiry.