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Re: Question regarding accessible badges or widgets for Facebook and Twitter


From: Jim Allan
Date: Feb 19, 2009 10:35AM

Got these from another list today (very timely!!):

We learn via E-Access Bulletin that there is a Facebook Accessibility
Application, a tool to make Facebook more accessible to the blind.

There is, according to Fred's Head Companion, a more accessible interface
for Twitter, the "free social networking and micro-blogging service."

Speaking of Twitter, Jawter is a set of scripts for the JAWS Screen Reader
that allow you to interact with Twitter, the insanely popular micro-blogging
social networking site
- without the need for any external software. In essence, Jawter turns your
screen reader into a Twitter client.
And there is a podcast on Blind Cool Tech concerning this script package you
can listen to. Download it here:

[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Debra Cerda
Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2009 10:14 AM
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Subject: [Accessibility_sig] Question regarding accessible badges or widgets
for Facebook and Twitter


Several of our agency staff are volunteering their time with the 2009
Accessible Internet Rally (AIR) Interactive. Our team ("Ctrl Alt Delete or
C.A.D.") is working with a wonderful local non-profit Anthropos Arts to
improve the usability and accessibility of their web site. We've identified
the goals of their web site are simply awareness, advocacy, and support. The
objective of their web site is to share information about their organization
and its programs with the community, and get people excited enough about
their work support through donations. The challenge is that currently it's
the executive director and founder who are the primary workhorses within
this organization. We are encouraging them to use social media strategies to
help them meet these goals.

It would be greatly appreciated if we could get some input and
recommendations from members of the accessibility community on Facebook
widgets, Twitter badges (follow me on...), and ease/difficulty of Paypal
donate button, regarding their placement on a web page. Please email me
directly at dcerda I am aware of the inherent accessibility issues with
Facebook and Twitter themselves, especially after reading posts on these
topics on Knowbility blogs at http://universallydesigned.net/

Anthropos Arts http://www.anthropos.org provides opportunities for
educational, social, and personal growth to East Austin's under-served
middle and high school students through free music education programs taught
by professional musician-mentors from diverse genres.

Thank you for your time and support!


Debra Cerda
Drinking Water Quality
Public Drinking Water Section
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

(512) 239-6045

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