I am annoyed when people with disabilities or organizations working in the disability and/or accessibility field produce work that isn’t accessible. I’ll even admit to feeling upset about it. This happens more often than one might think. And these problems aren’t new. 15 years ago, I wrote “Disability community? What disability community?” for the Ragged Edge magazine. I already was pointing out issues of how some people in one disability group treat people in other disability groups.
I went out to dinner with a group of friends and colleagues yesterday. We intended to eat at Pappadeaux. Something Bad happened and neither the restaurant manager nor his staff were willing to do anything about it. As a result, we went somewhere else and we ended up having a great evening!
I often present about accessibility at tech conferences. I do it because I believe in sharing the expertise I have gained over two decades of working in that field. I also talk at conferences because I want to see a more inclusive web. But there are costs involved in doing that. I heard something recently that indicate some people don’t understand the impact, financial and otherwise, on the speaker and their families.
In a constant effort to fight spam, a lot of sites rely on some sort of CAPTCHAs. I recently came across a CAPTCHA on Twitter that asked a question that could trigger severe reactions from torture or abuse victims. This reminded me that I’d been meaning to explain how this particular question is an accessibility issue. Warning: This post may trigger bad reaction for torture or abuse victims.
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!