January 27, 2014 is Community Manager Appreciation Day and we’re thrilled that two of Benetech’s employees, BJ Wishinsky, Bookshare’s Social Media Coordinator, and Allison Hilliker, Benetech’s Operations Associate, will team up to talk with community managers around the country on the important topic of accessibility.
Online Community Managers help individuals and organizations build connections online around common goals and personal, social, or business interests.
BJ and Allison’s goals are to help more community managers understand their role in removing barriers to access and inclusion for community members with disabilities. They will help other leaders in the field to learn about accessibility factors on social platforms including Facebook, Linked-In, and Twitter. Their panel discussion will ask the question, “What practices, tools, and resources can an online community use to remove barriers for people with disabilities?”
The hangout and online discussion will air live on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:00 pm Eastern time.
You can also follow the simultaneous Twitter chat using the hashtags #CMAD and #a11y.
Accessibility Tip: When sharing an image with an online community, include a text description as a caption or metadata. This will allow screen readers used by the blind to read aloud the description of the image.
Learn more about accessibility and the importance of image descriptions at the DIAGRAM Center, managed by Benetech in partnership with the WGBH National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) and the US Fund for DAISY.