Every year (or every other year) Webaim puts out a survey for screen reader users to complete. This helps people in the field of web design create more accessible websites. That way we can all have a more accessible web. 🙂
Whether you’re a full-time screen reader user or you just use it for testing purposes you can take this survey. The survey says it could take anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes to complete. The survey has about 30 questions. It is open until November 1st. The results will be released in late 2017 and will be reported as aggregated summaries. To learn more about this survey or to take it as I am about to do; head on over to the following website: Complete the survey here and follow the directions on the page.
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I love twitter! I love it because you can get small doses of information in 140 characters or less. I love that you can have conversations with people about something either they or you tweeted. I love that you can quickly send off a private message to… well that all depends on what you have it sat for. I love that you can have different twitter chats which can also help you gain more information.
Having said that there are a lot of things I don’t love about twitter. One of them is that pictures aren’t described on twitter. I realize for sighted people this is not a big deal because you can click on the picture to see it and if you can’t you can just enlarge it or whatever. However, for blind people this is huge! It means that we can’t see the meem you posted so we miss out on the joke. It means that we can’t see the picture of the food, pet, weirdly priced item, or car parked the wrong way. Why? Because we can’t see the pictures so we miss out on the conversations with you.
Having said that let me say this. Twitter has made pictures accessible to us as blind people. How? read this to find out. Now, sighted people could you please use this for all your pictures so we know what’s going on? Please and thank you!
AS far as I know the description of the picture is different from where the actual tweet goes so it doesn’t count against your character limit. I can’t wait to see what kinds of descriptions you come up with.
A small note: I have been told by a sighted person that the interface twitter uses for this does not prompt you to add a description and that people often forget to add it.o I’m going to encourage you to try to remember for your sake and our sanity. Lol. I hope twitter can fix this soon so that more sighted people will remember to use it. Having it sat up so you can use it only solves part of the problem, but being prompted to use it after it’s sat up might solve the rest. 🙂
So you’ve just found a youtube channel who’s videos you truly love, but you have a problem. How do you subscribe to that channel? With this blog I attempt to show you how to do this on both the Ios app and with the website. If you’re looking for how to do it with either just the IOS app or just the website feel free to skip to the appropriate heading.
Subscribing/unsubscribing with the IOS app
To subscribe with the IOS app first find a channel or a video on the channel to which you would like to subscribe to. Next go to the “more actions menu”. If you’re on a channel there will be a random unlabeled number. This is the amount of subscribers a person has at any given moment. Flick up with one finger until you hear “more actions”. The third thing you need to do is double tap on “more actions”. One of the options that should come up is “subscribe”. Double tap that. You should be subscribed. If you’re on a video: find the random number mentioned above, flick up with one finger until you hear “more actions”. Find subscribe, and double tap on it. Please note that you don’t have to click on a video to do this. Just make sure you’re on a video by that person/group’s channel and flick up until you find the “more actions” menu, find subscribe, and double tap on it.
Please note that
unsubscribe does not work with voiceover in the app at the moment and I’m not sure what the problem is, but to unsubscribe you’d repeat the process you used to subscribe. If it worked the videos should disappear out of your subscriptions and it should say “subscribe” when you go to the channel/video. As of writing this you get the notification that you unsubscribed, but the videos still show up in your subscriptions and when you flick up with one finger it still says “subscribed”. I have attempted to contact youtube numerous times in the past via the app store and their twitter and I have yet to receive a response.
Subscribing/unsubscribing with the website
So you want to use the site? That’s fine. The first thing you’ll need to do is find a youtube video or channel you want to subscribe to. The second thing if you found a video is go to the channel by pressing enter on the person’s name. The next thing you want to do is go to the top of the page and find the button (it may be a link) that says “subscribe. Press enter on that. A notification will come up with some options and the first one is subscribe which is what we’re looking for. Press enter on that one. You’ll get a notification that tells you that you’re subscribed. While in this notification you can configure your notification settings which includes whether or not you want to be notified when they post a video, do a livestream ETC. Once you do that hit okay.
To unsubscribe go to the person’s channel. Find the button that says “subscribed” and press enter on it. a dialog box should appear and you’ll need to tab down until you hear “unsubscribe, press enter on it. You can edit your subscription in this dialog box as well. Once you hit enter on the “unsubscribe link in the dialog box you should get a notification that says that you are now unsubscribed. If you do not want to unsubscribe, but still want to edit your subscription preferences you can go over to the next link that says “subscription preferences” and edit your subscription preferences.
Remember that you have to be logged in, in order for this to work. I hope you found this helpful. If you have any questions feel free to tweet me If anything changes I will update this post to reflect that.
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I just spent a good five minutes at least trying to think of something to write about for Monday (today). The only thing I can come up with is to ask you if you have any questions about college. Maybe you’re new to the whole college thing, or maybe you just have a question for me. Whatever it is ask me and I might be able to answer the question in the next blog post. Please keep in mind that I’m not an expert in all things college and anything I might say is either my opinion or gained through my experience. Yours may be completely different from mine and that’s okay. Send your questions to my twitter
It doesn’t have to be about the admissions process the questions can be about the availability of braille, screen readers, or textbooks and so on. I can’t answer questions about dorm living though. I’ve never actually lived in a dorm. Have a great day and thanks for reading this.
Some of you might have heard through the grapevine that a petition has started on Change.org asking Hulu to add audio description to their content. Given the continuing success that Netflix has had in paving the way for accessible streaming content, adding Hulu to our viewing options would certainly broaden the playing-field.
Currently, according to FCC (Federal Communications Commission) regulation, local TV station affiliates of networks like CBS, NBC, Fox, and ABC in the top 60 TV markets must provide 50 hours per calendar quarter (about 4 hours a week) of audio-described content on primetime and/or children’s programming. 4 hours of accessible content per week seems hardly to scratch the surface, but as I’ve often said, when we address issues of accessibility, the impossible will take a little while.
The UK, not surprisingly, has the most developed AD program; while regulations stipulate that a maximum of 10% of programming include audio description, several networks, including Sky and Channel 4, have increased their offerings to 20%. Case-in-point: One of my favorite CBS shows currently is “Elementary,” a modern-day adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes stories set in New York. CBS does not offer AD for this title, but the show also airs in the UK, and it is fully-described. Given the ever-increasing catalogue of TV programming as well as options for viewing it, keeping pace with the content is certainly an accessibility challenge, but as we have seen, this is not impossible. Netflix continues to expand its selection of AD content, and given that Hulu is one of its fiercest contenders in the streaming market, providing this improvement would broaden the service’s viewership and take another stride forward in making our increasingly visual culture accessible. If you haven’t yet signed the petition, please consider doing so here.
Do you watch audio-described content? What are some of your favorite shows? What shows would you like to see include audio description?
When I first started at the first college I had to fill out fafsa so that I could be eligible for financial aid. Which can include grants and scholarships through this website and had to be completed before the beginning of every semester. However, I was convinced that a screen reader wouldn’t work well with it. I was convinced that it would get hung up somewhere between the questions and the edit boxes, that it would just stop reading, or that it would get stuck somewhere on the application. Thus, causing me to forcefully shut down my computer, lose all my data, and have to start all over again. Hey! I’ve seen government run websites before. They’re not always the best for accessibility especially where screen readers are concerned. So I had the financial aid office at my college do it for me.
Imagine my surprise a semester or so ago when I discovered that it was fully accessible. (The new college I’d started attending was no where near me so I had no choice except to find out whether it was or not.) No hang ups, no getting stuck, and no not reading what was on the screen. No sighted help needed. Yay for that! That was a relief.
So if you’re going into college for the first time, are returning back to college, or like me never had to do it until now I want you to know that it works. At least with NVDA. I don’t have any other screen reader to test it with so if it doesn’t work with something please let me know. The questions are easy as long as you don’t let them overwhelm you. You can get a bunch of information from a previous application, or you can just start a new one. However you choose to do it please remember to read all the questions carefully before answering. Good luck!