A founding tenet of GimpGirl is a strong dedication to universal accessibility, which includes each and every post made by all members to all community social media outlets. It is vitally important to us that all members have the opportunity to access all information and conversations hosted by GimpGirl, and members with all types of disabilities have always been actively involved. So, what does an accessible post look like?
Using Images in a Post
Images are very common on all forms of social media. They are a great way to bring attention to certain issues in a succinct, easy to understand format. However, images create a huge issue for blind or low vision members who can not see them, limiting their access to a large portion of both information and conversation. To address this issue, all images must be accompanied by a plain text (think: text that can be copied and pasted, rather than contained in an image) description that can be utilized by adaptive technology such as screen readers and braille displays.
An example of an image with an accompanying plain text description:
Image description: A picture of Stella Young looking at the camera with words over her that say, “You get proud by practicing. This is possibly the most important thing anyone will ever tell you. The journey towards disability pride is long, and hard, and you have to practice every single day. – Stella Young.”
Hashtags are popular on almost every form of social media these days, and are helpful in finding other posts with similar topics. However, hashtags with multiple words run together (example: #reallycoolthing) make it really difficult for people using screen readers to access the information. Access to this hashtag and your post can be greatly increased by simply capitalizing the beginning of each word in the hashtag (example: #ReallyCoolThing).
Using Videos in a Post
One of our requirements for posting is that all videos must have closed captions. This is required so that deaf and hard of hearing members can access the information contained in the video. Closed captioning can either be embedded in the video automatically, or may have an option to turn them on (as in the example below). If you have to turn them on, take a moment to be sure the captions actually reflect what is being said in the video. If the video is predominately images with no sound, the images in the video should also be described as with the images above so that blind and low vision members can access the information contained in the video.
An example of a video that is accessible and can be posted to a GimpGirl social media outlet:
When you share a post from someone else, the same rules should apply. Before posting a shared post, ask yourself, “Is the information contained in a picture or video also available in text?” If not, be sure to include that information in your comments before posting it. If a video does not have acceptable closed captions, include the information that is only available audibly in your comments as well.
General Posting Rules
- No petitions are allowed. We suggest you share your opinion on the topic instead. Petitions create unnecessary clutter that makes participation more difficult for people with many types of disabilities.
- No fundraisers, sales, or spam may be posted. They create unnecessary clutter that makes participation more difficult for people with many types of disabilities.
- No research participation requests are allowed without explicit permission from administrators for the protection of everyone.