On Air: 21:00 - 22:00 EST (GMT-5)
Monday, January 27th, 2014
What practices, tools, and resources can an online community use to remove access barriers for people with disabilities? Learn about barriers and solutions from community managers with direct accessibility experience and with a variety of disabilities. We’ll walk the talk with panelists on both the Hangout (which is not fully accessible) and Twitter, and volunteers helping to bridge communications between the two.
Bookshare Social Media Coordinator at Benetech
BJ’s passion is building inclusive community for social good. She’s worked as a social media consultant and community manager for technology-focused nonprofits including TechSoup, Anita Borg Institute, and now Benetech. Since joining the Bookshare project, she has been thinking a lot about accessibility to the social networks and websites we use for connecting communities.
PR Pro and Photographer at Seeing Things
Cathy Browne is a tech-savvy PR veteran and communications strategist with more than 30 years of experience. She is also a blind photographer, content creator, community builder, and accessibility advocate. Cathy is a member of the Persons with Disabilities Advisory Council for the City of Vancouver.
Jennifer Cole (SL: JennyLin Arashi) is a founding member and Director of the GimpGirl Community. Jennifer is also a research associate in the Experiential Design and Gaming Environments (EDGE) Lab at Ryerson University. She has worked with Oregon Public Health to create state policy recommendations around women with disabilities and sexual health. Jennifer currently resides in Washington State with her boyfriend and his son.
Connect with Jennifer on Twitter at @gimpgirl.
Operations Associate, Bookshare/Global Literacy at Benetech
Allison Hilliker provides customer support for Benetech’s global literacy program including Bookshare, the world’s largest online library of digital books for people with print disabilities. She is president of the East Valley chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona and secretary of the National Association to Promote the Use of Braille. Allison is blind and has run volunteer programs in the field of disability advocacy for many years. She is also a graduate of Arizona State University West. Allison also does assistive technology podcasts on Blind Access Journal.
Connect with Allison on Twitter at @AlliTalk.
Katherine Mancuso is a professional community manager experienced with big brands, small businesses, and nonprofits. Katherine has been on the staff of GimpGirl Community for 5 years, and she frequently speaks at national events on the topic of building accessible communities. She is a founding member of the Web Accessibility Initiative (W3C)’s Cognitive Accessibility Task Force and an expert on Second Life accessibility.
Karen Putz is a speaker, author, blogger, Passion Coach, and competitive barefoot water skier. Karen is also a board member and program director at Hands & Voices, a parent-driven organization is dedicated to providing non-biased support to families with deaf and hard of hearing children.
Anne Reuss is a Customer Experience Community Manager addicted to adrenaline, adventures and fitness. Being deaf has taught her to love challenge and to listen abnormally well. Anne has written on accessibility from a variety of perspectives. Knowing how it feels to miss information or to be left out, she is acutely aware of other community participants and works to ensure they feel included. Her vlogs (video blogs) are recorded in ASL, her first language, and captioned for others.
Patty Shore Kaden
Sign Language Interpreter
- What are most common online community barriers for people with disabilities?
- What are the most important roles a community manager can play in preventing and removing these barriers?
- What policies have you implemented or experienced that made an online community more inclusive to people with disabilities?
- How does accessibility factor into your decisions about which platforms to be on?
- How have you mitigated accessibility issues when you don’t own the community platform, for example Facebook, LinkedIn, or Google Communities?
- What resources do you recommend for community managers who want to know more about fostering accessible online communities?
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