How to make social media posts accessible to blind and visually impaired

By Chelsey Zumpano

Social medias like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat are all very popular, but posts aren’t very accessible to us blind and visually impaired. I’m going to give you some tips on how to make your post more accessible to us.

1. Image and audio descriptions

This in my opinion is one of the most important things you can do for us because when you add image and audio description we are able to know what’s going on in the picture or a video that you shared. Without an image or audio descriptions we are lost and have no idea what you shared and sometimes all we hear is pretty music in the background.

You can either be very vague or very detailed.

Drawing

(Drawing credit goes to Chelsey Zumpano).

Vague description: A boy sits in a tree, while a girl sits on the swing hanging from the tree.

Detailed description: A boy with blond hair and wearing a black T-shirt sits in a tree facing away from us. A girl with short purple hair, wearing a pink T-shirt, and teal leggings sits on the swing hanging from the tree’s branches. The tree is big at the bottom and curves to the right getting smaller as it goes, the branches are bear of any leaves. The sky is dark blue making the green grass seem too bright.

Both let us know what is going on in the picture, but one Leaves it up to interpretation and imagination and the other lets us know how the artist or photographer intended for the piece to look.

2. hashtags

This is a very popular way to get people to find what your sharing, but when you’re using a screen reader we often have no idea what the hashtag is. You might wonder why that is it’s because when using hashtag such as #peanutbuttercookies or #retinopathyofprematurity it all ends up sounding like one jumbled word to us. What you can do to make it more accessible is to capitalize each word than it looks like this…

#PeanutButterCookies #RetinopathyOfPrematurity

When you’re using abbreviations or an acronym, you would capitalize each letter or when I use #VIBlind, I capitalize the V for visually, the I for impaired, and the B for blind.

3. Links

We all want to share the latest article or video, but in order to make this accessible to us you must post the link either by itself or if you’re going to post text above it go down two lines and then post the link. (I know for sure you have to do this on Facebook or else voiceover won’t recognize it as a link, but I do this on any social media site to be safe).

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