Since we are talking about communication, here are some basic accessibility tips to be incorporated into anyone's daily lives. This will enable more people to have access to your productions.
- When sending an email, remember that blind people can be getting the message. Make the description of the image, including invitations in image files (jpeg, etc). The rule is: everything that can not be illuminated with the cursorcannot be read by the computer text reader.
- When posting a photo on websites, blogs and social media, also describe what is going on in the picture. You can use the ALT text to do that, or just write below the image.
- In the case of deaf people, not all use Sign Language. Many are oralized, ie make lip reading and speak, so be sure the person you are talking to can see your mouth. Some use both forms of communication. The mobile phone is a great ally of the deaf community. It is a popular form of communication via text messages. Many applications have also been created, facilitating communication.
- Video/film subtitles are always necessary as a means of accessibility, which benefits deaf people and also other segments of the population such as elderly people and people with intellectual disabilities. Moreover, subtitles allow the viewer to read what is being said, when the TV volume is low in waiting rooms, for example. They also help foreigners who do not speak the language fluently.
- Information accessibility should also be provided to those with intellectual disabilities. More direct and simple texts are easier to understand by anyone. The use of images and infographics are some strategies that also benefit the entire population.
You can find more resources on accessibility below:
Guidelines to make events accessible
Alternative Text for Images
Making Infographics Accessible
Text is text
Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments
Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs
Web Aim - Web Accesibility in Mind