I want to work in accessibility one day, so let’s try to copy/paste lots of stuff that help me understand the topic more. I also wrote about accessibility in French if you prefer.

Physical accessibility

Thread by L.J. on 26/08/21:

It’s not that someone is disabled because they need a wheelchair to get around. They can be, sure, but not necessarily or at least in fewer situations if they can use their wheelchair in more places. They can become less disabled, or in fewer places, by wheelchair ramps and clear paths.
In other words: By not letting them use their wheelchairs in more places, you are disabling them.

Instead of indulging in useless guilt, act! If you can’t write media descriptions, ask if someone can write it for you. If a space you frequent excludes disabled folks, say something. Listen to disabled people when they say what they need. You can’t do everything, but we can all do a little for each other.

Book recommendation: Nothing About Us, Without Us: Disability, Oppression and Empowerment, by James I. Charlton (pdf book), a good resource on accessibility.

“Disability” is not a binary state but a mismatch between a person and the thing they are interacting with.

– @Argus

it’s a problem because one particular configuration of abilities (sighted, mobile, and often also hearing people) is considered “the norm” and everyone else is expected to just live with the mismatch because they are considered lesser and not as valuable.


The opposite of disabled is not able, it is enabled.

– Avalon


Book recommendation by antifuchs: “What Can A Body Do?”, that talks about how “accessibility tools/design can be anything from a cane (provide support) to socks (prevent chafing!) to a building designed for people who speak sign language*.”
“*The tldr is that you want people to be able to talk while walking, which means keeping people in view, and few trip hazards and such. Same idea for people who are seated but different implementation.”

Here’s a Washington Post article about architecture design for deaf people.

A fascinating article on accessibility in public transportation and chronic pain from the Pedestrian Observations blog.
They talk about invisible disabilities, harassment, the advantages of riding the train versus the bus or the tram, the need for seats, and universal design versus special accommodation.

Web accessibility

Image descriptions

All images should contain an image description (“alt” attribute). It can be a few words (“Books on a shelf.”) or several sentences (“Four books on a shelf. From left to right: […]”).

The image description should convey what the image mean. If it’s a picture you took, explain what drew your eye; if it’s a graph, explain its behavior and key numbres; that sort of things.

keep it brief, but also, reproduce the image faithfully.
this may seem contradictory, but really it’s bc the significance of images varies widely
if your image is of one simple object you can summarize it in just a few words. if your image is a complex infographic, a long explanation may be warranted
basically you want the caption to convey everything a person viewing the image would find interesting/relevant and none more

– from red, 25/06/20


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Last updated on 25 Jul 22