[community] Website Design & Accessibility Testing
Laura Yvonne Bulk
laurabulk at gmail.com
Sat Oct 14 17:32:51 UTC 2017
Hello Community! It was great to meet some of you at DEEP this week.
I've got two queries.
1) A friend is working with a company and wanting to find someone to *check
their website for accessibility* - is there anyone in the community who
does that/do you know of someone to whom I can direct her?
2) I am trying to figure out *how to create an online platform in an
affordable way*. The person with whom I'm working has done a previous
project using a platform similar to what we want to create - it's the
Cold at Home project <http://www.coldathome.today/cold-at-home> - but that
website has some accessibility issues. She says we can get someone from
that design team to give us the template and help a bit with setting up the
website, for about $4000! At this point we are without any funding sources,
so I'm hoping to find another way.
In case you're interested to know, here's a bit about the project...
The project is Being blind: Exploring experiences & challenging
perceptions. My partner is a photojournalist & international social justice
advocate. We are working to develop a platform for an *exploration of being
blind* in a variety of economic, geographic, political, and social
contexts, and to *challenge misconceptions* of being blind. We will design
in-depth photojournalistic profiles of people from 8 countries,
- *sharing the experience* of blindness in diverse contexts,
- exploring how we *defy stereotypes*,
- *exposing stigmas/assumptions *that get in our way.
In parallel, experts and community members will contribute blogs that
facilitate knowledge exchange, resource sharing and generate
dialogue. Contributors include
- Blind/partially people & those in our support networks can share life
- Experts who contribute blogs about building personal skills, accessing
technologies, action to improve legal, political & social circumstances,
- The public who will be able to ask questions & interact.
We hope to make it an accessible and engaging multimedia platform. We are
thinking of including media such as:
- Short videos, maybe like this video called seeing blindness
- Blogs, which may contain information, evidence/research, new
tech/projects, poetry, stories, etc.
- Described photographs along with stories and audioclips
- Links to other resources, podcasts, etc
A single portal for storytelling and reporting on academic and technical
advances creates a link between evidence-based research and real life. We
hope that being blind will have ranging benefits for
- blind people, by providing a *space to share our stories & challenge
stigmas* that lead to exclusion
- experts, by *offering journalistic coverage of academic research &
- policy makers, by providing *content that can inform more equitable
- the public, by increasing awareness
If you have any thoughts, ideas, or leads, I'd appreciate hearing from you.
Thanks in advance!
Laura Yvonne Bulk OT, MOT, BSW
PhD Candidate, Rehabilitation Sciences
<https://twitter.com/LYBOT> Twitter: @LYBOT
Faculty of Medicine | The University of British Columbia
T325 – 2211 Wesbrook Mall | Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 2B5
LauraBulk at gmail.com
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