The Rehabilitation Act was codified on Sept. 26, 1973, prohibiting discrimination against qualified workers with disabilities in programs supported by federal tax dollars. Join the department (@USDOL) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (@EEOC_OFO) for a Twitter Chat next Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 1-2 p.m. EDT to commemorate the act’s 40th anniversary. You’ll have a chance to ask policy experts questions about the Rehabilitation Act and discuss its impact on you and your colleagues.
We look forward to tweeting with you!
Editor’s note: The following are some simple tips for making tweets accessible.
- Make sure your profile page includes alternative contact options, like an accessible “contact us” form or toll-free phone number, or an email link to somebody who can assist people with questions.
- Let screen reader users know what to expect by including a short prefix before tweets that have photos [PIC], videos [VIDEO] or audio [AUDIO].
- Link back to pages with full captions or transcripts of the photo, video or audio.
- To increase readability, place #hashtags or @mentions at the end of the tweet.
- Avoid using unfamiliar or hard-to-pronounce acronyms when possible. If space allows, spell them out.
- For multi-word hashtags, capitalize the first letters of each section of a compound word (#LikeThisExample).
- If possible, test your tweet with assistive technology before posting it.
More guidance on social media accessibility is available at www.HowTo.gov.
Twitter is designed to reach a broad audience. Twitter in its native form, however, may not be fully accessible for everyone. If you do not already have a preferred Twitter client meeting your accessibility needs, one of the following free Twitter clients/platforms may be able assist:
- Android: Plume for Twitter
- iOS: Official Twitter App
- My Amaze multiple browser accessibility plug-in by Deque
- TwInbox for Outlook