We invite you to join us in highlighting the issue of disability this International Day for Disaster Reduction (13 October) by participating in a Thunderclap and helping promote our Accessibility Toolkit. The focus of #idrr is on the one billion people around the world who live with some form of disability.
By joining the Thunderclap social media campaign you will be helping the UNISDR to amplify and promote IDDR on 13 October. By signing up with Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr you will be a part of spreading the word simultaneously across the globe!
As part of #iddr we will be promoting the Emergency 2.0 Wiki Accessibility Toolkit and invite you to help spread the word about this lifesaving resource by sharing this post, re-tweeting our tweets, +1′ng our Google+ post and linking to the toolkit in your posts.
The Accessibility Toolkit helps people with disabilities to use social media to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. The toolkit provides tips, resources and apps to help people with a disability to overcome accessibility challenges of social media.
The kit also includes guidelines to assist the emergency sector, government, community, media and business to make social media messages more accessible.
This resource is vital because we’ve witnessed from recent disasters that while social media can save lives, people with disabilities often have difficulty accessing important messages because the social media platforms themselves are inaccessible. It’s vitally important that people with disabilities, who are the most vulnerable in our communities during emergencies, are empowered to access instant, lifesaving messages through social media and the accessibility toolkit enables this.
Accessibility resources on the wiki include:
- Tips and guides for people with disabilities on how to access social media
- Emergency smartphone apps for people with a disability
- Apps and assistive technologies to access social media
- Emergency Preparedness YouTube videos that are either captioned or use sign language for the deaf and hearing impaired
- Practical guidelines to assist the emergency sector, government, community, media and business to make social media messages more accessible
In a whole of community approach, the Accessibility Reference Group crowdsourced the content globally using social media. The group consist of professionals drawn from the emergency, government, NGO and business sectors in Australia, New Zealand and the United States.
We’re looking to expand the group to include representation from each continent, so if you are from Europe, Asia, South America or Africa and you are working in the social media/accessibility field, please email me at email@example.com.
We’d love your feedback on the kit. If you know of a resource we should add, please let us know.
Charlie Carter, Wiki Accessibility Reference Group Leader