Written by Kelly Cotter, Posted by Tim McCue
Social Media is a great way to stay connected with friends and family. However, to many people with and without disabilities, social media is not accessible. To make the internet a more inclusive place, here are some little things you can do to make your social media more accessible.
1. Captions: Captions allow someone who has difficulty hearing or understanding spoken words to understand what people are saying in videos. They are usually scripts of what people are saying printed in bold font at the bottom of a video. Captioning videos is very easy, especially on YouTube.
2. Simple fonts. Fancy fonts can be hard to read. Make sure that you are typing with a plain, easy to read font to be more accessible. Consider a dyslexia friendly font from the san serif family, such as Arial.
3. Alt Text: these are short descriptions to describe pictures for those who are unable to see the pictures your post.
4. Plain language: Having simple language will make it easier for everyone to understand what you are saying. Try to use common words and short, simple sentences.