Imagine #libraries don't exist, but there's this person who thought of them and is trying to convince everyone else about them.
-Borrow books for free? People are going to steal them!
-You can just come in to use a computer? Well that's just going to be abused by freeloaders.
-Staff? Who is going to pay them? Why should my taxes be wasted subsidising access to books for people who haven't saved and bought their own?
How many amazing things do we dismiss? What is our society missing out on?
Many software companies are a joke
Please boost for visibility: Global Accessibility Awareness day (#GAAD) is on May 19th. I’d like everyone that can to turn off your monitor, or close the laptop lid and connect a keyboard, or close your eyes, and turn on your OS screen reader, and use your computer with it. How does it make you feel? Do you know enough keyboard commands? Does it give you enough info? Does it make you enjoy using the computer? Do you feel productive? Why or why not? #a11y #screenreader #blind
To make your hashtags on Fedi more accessible, use CamelCase. It makes hashtags easier to read on small screens and small displays, in addition to making Fedi more accessible for screen reader users. For example,
a hashtag in CammelCase capitalizes the first letter of every word. So,
Ableism and Covid
This is ableism at its worst! The disability community have been dieing and having their lives restricted by Covid and anti-vaxes think they are one of them 🤬.
250 WA (Australian) nurses, police, and teachers who are anti-vax, are claiming their stance is a "disability" for which they are being discriminated against and are taking their complaints to the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Today Google is turning on activity tracking for many users that previously turned it off. - https://tutanota.com/blog/posts/google-turns-on-activity-tracking-even-if-turned-off/
Effective today, Google is changing its Workspace Settings, including a change that activates activity tracking for all users of Google Workspace accounts even if the organizations admin disabled activity tracking for all users previously. What is more, admins can no longer control this setting for their users, but all users need to invidually toggle the tracking off again.
I've updated my post on author harassment, so share it if you like it https://blindjournalist.wordpress.com/2022/03/06/updates-only-and-author-harassment/ #Publishing Authors #WritingCommunity
This "climate spiral" visualizes changes in the Earth's temperature between 1880 and 2021 as observed by NASA https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/4975
Verge byline, sources requested
My first verge byline! Pitched a story about how the Fediverse and small web is the real web 3. First of all, yay Verge byline! Secondly, anyone willing to talk to me about why they left the mainstream web? PoC Disabled users and other Disabled users requested. I don't want non Disabled PoC. This will be Disability focused.
Problems we face today:
❌ Climate crisis
❌ Systemic inequality
❌ War, poverty, and disease
Silicon Valley’s solutions:
✅ Billionaires in space
What planet are these people on?
My first computer was a Commodore C16 in 1986, followed by a C128D in 1987, on which I ran the included CP/M 3.0 and wrote my first Turbo pascal programs on it.
1991, I got my first MS-DOS-based PC with a real screen reader, HAL v4.5 by @yourdolphin.
But if you’re blind how do you type?! 👩🏼🦯🤳🏻
Blind people online have to answer these kind of questions constantly.
So help raise some awareness & share this…
Universal Audio said they'd invest in Linux support for their devices if tens of thousands of people signed a petition. So, here's that petition:
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maura quint @
I will be you NFT girlfriend, you can’t
ever touch me or interact with me in
real life but if you pay me enough
money you can go around telling
people I’m yours.