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 #InEducation Twitter Chat: Friday, March 20, 2020
During these uncertain times with COVID-19, it is important for us to discuss accessibility for blind people as many schools and colleges transition to virtual learning. Join us for our #AccessibleNOW #InEducation Twitter chat Friday, March 20 at 12:00 p.m. ET. A Twitter chat is a scheduled, organized topical conversation on Twitter centralized around a specific hashtag. We will discuss various platforms such as teleconferencing software, learning management systems, and other potential platforms being used. Examples include but are not limited to Zoom, Canvas, Blackboard, and Google Docs.
You can still engage with our Twitter chat here: #AccessibleNOW Twitter chat.
Twitter Chat Tips
- In every response during the Twitter chat, include the designated hashtags. For this chat, the hashtags are #AccessibleNOW #InEducation. Find the chat either by searching for the hashtag or going to the @NFB_Voice profile.
- Include the question number in your response. For example, question one may be, "Q1: Introduce yourself." Start your reply with A1 in order to coordinate 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: Welcome to the #AccessibleNOW #InEducation Twitter chat. Before we begin, please introduce yourself and tell us what general technology or screen access software you use.
- Q2: Accessibility is not a new concern. What personal experiences of discrimination have you had or know about in regards to educational software or online platforms? #AccessibleNOW
- Q3: What online platforms do you and/or your school use or are planning to use now? How accessible are they in your opinion? #AccessibleNOW
- Q4: With the shift to more distance learning, what are some concerns you have regarding accessibility and/or education? #AccessibleNOW
- Q5: Whether in school or in another setting, what online platforms have you found to be the most accessible? #AccessibleNOW
- Q6: What examples can you give of good accessibility by a school system or institution? #AccessibleNOW
- Q7: What are effective self-advocacy strategies that parents and students can use? #AccessibleNOW
- Q8: How can students, educators, and parents work together to remove barriers? #AccessibleNOW
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 edit 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.
- Hashtag is the act of using 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.
- Alt-text for Images: Be sure to turn on the feature to compose image descriptions that 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 such as OpenTween or Chicken Nugget. 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.
AccessibleNOW Blog Post
For more information and resources regarding accessibility as it pertains to the educational system in the wake of COVID-19, please read and share this blog post from NFB government affairs specialist Stephanie Flynt, "Don’t Be a Barrier: Be Accessible NOW."
For more information about the AccessibleNOW campaign, please email AccessibleNOW@nfb.org. Please note that the NFB cannot provide legal support for every inquiry.