Patreon has significant accessibility issues. People with a variety of impairments will have difficulty using it, at best. Some people are simply unable to access the platform, either to support projects, or create projects themselves. Over the last 10 months I’ve offered my assistance to help with accessibility and advocated for it. Then, I noticed a tweet from Patreon about “Hang Time” with their CEO. But it’s on a platform that isn’t accessible!
I was an invited speaker at the Confoo YVR conference in December 2017. I gave two talks, both on accessibility. I was the only speaker presenting accessibility-related topics. There was a dinner organized for all the speakers. I was precluded from attending that dinner because the organizers selected a venue on the second floor, with no elevators. There was no way for a wheelchair user to access the venue. I felt embarrassed, and angry.
I am staying at a hotel at the moment. I asked about a wheelchair accessible room. They were talking to me about an “ADA compliant” room. This made me think about the difference between “we care” and “we have to”.