Striving to remove barriers that prevent us from building Diverse, Vibrant, Inclusive, Accessible Communities!

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  • By Mike, 21 March, 2022

    As we strive to remove barriers to building diverse, vibrant, inclusive communities, the way we communicate becomes extremely important. It is common to send out email messages to the entire community or groups within the community for various reasons. These messages are intended to help bring the community together. Often to share information about upcoming events, or news of things that are happening within the community.

  • By Mike, 23 March, 2022

    The Importance of providing Accessible Materials

    Any time you are holding meetings or conferences it often involves handing out various printed materials to the attendees.  This may involve anything from a simple agenda or copies of something for the group to have as reference materials. It might even be something the group will be studying together in depth.

    It is important to include Blind people who will be attending by providing an Accessible copy of these materials as well.

    Here is an example of a case where as a part of a Cluster Feast held in Colorado, friends were invited to submit a video of themselves sharing a reading.  Yolanda chose the Prayer for the Western States which she is reading from Braille.

  • By Mike, 23 March, 2022

    Your Blind friends will instantly be able to tell if an email message is accessible or not.  That's because they are using the Screen Reader technology which the accessibility standards are designed for.  If these standards were followed, then things work.  If not then there are usually problems.

    If you write Inclusive, Accessible Email Messages, then they probably will be accessible.  You will know whether or not you followed the accessibility guidelines.  You can also talk to your Blind friends and ask for feedback.

  • By Mike, 23 March, 2022

    The on-line meeting has become a common way of getting together virtually. Since the Pandemic of 2020 it has become even more prominent.  This has made it possible for many of us to continue to meet and conduct business and have our gatherings and even reach out to larger numbers of people across vast distances.

    There are different types of on-line meeting of conference apps and utilities that are commonly used.  Some are more accessible than others.

    One of the more accessible platforms that is commonly used is the Zoom platform.  You have probably attended an on-line Zoom meeting or two since the Pandemic.  No matter what the platform, there are some common considerations for making an On-line Meeting and Presentation Accessible.

  • By Mike, 9 April, 2022

    How do we view  People with disabilities?  The answer to this question varies depending on several things.  If you are not a person with a disability and you do not usually spend time with people with disabilities, then when you do encounter someone with a disability, you might be just starting to think about these things.  The problem is that society has already conditioned us in our thinking in many different ways.  Let's think about a few of them.