1. Disability and accessibility communities are not always the same
Tweet from Matt May that reads: "Accessibility pro tip:
If your timeline is not flooded with "Bran has a wheelchair!" tweets, you are following accessibility Twitter and not disability Twitter. Consider branching out.
(Or possibly your friends don't watch GoT. But that's way less likely.)
Tweet from Imani Barbarin, "Crutches and Spice" that reads: "#AdaptTheFeed is about saying enough is enough. Disabled people saw how quickly the things we have been calling for were made available now that nondisabled people needed them."
"We want change now. You can commit to accessibility outside of a pandemic too, you know?"
“#AdaptTheFeed is for the disability community and anyone committed to disability representation and inclusion.”
“Disabled people find themselves adapting to an inaccessible society constantly. So, now it’s your turn to adapt your content and social media feed to not only accommodate disabled people, but elevate our voices and include us in your work.” -Imani Barbarin
Tweet from EJ Mason that reads: "Me: “Accessibility is so draining. I need to find rituals that help me de-stress and turn off my work brain™. I know: I’ll order myself delivery!”
Me, 5 minutes later: “DoorDash says keyboard users can get fucked, I guess.”
Accessibility is about supporting Disabled people first and foremost
Things to ask people who’ve worked at a company you’re considering for an accessibility role. Use your best judgement based on their role/relationship to you (hiring manager, colleague/acquaintance, current or former employee, etc.)
How are accessibility-impacting decisions made?
How does accessibility fit into your roadmap/process?
How are Disability representation and diversity at the company?
What’s the path to promotion like for this role?
What do you like about working there?
What’s your least favorite part?
What kind of friction do you encounter in your job?
4. Testing often for user impact
We can remove barriers by making accessibility part of our web design and development workflow.