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First, I'd like to say I love the idea of this community. I have a vision condition known as Choroideremia. Here is a description of it from the Wikipedia page (A note before reading this, I am female and 25-years-old):

Under a cut for courtesy )

Awareness of this needs to be brought to light, while there may be a majourity of males with this, there are females too. I will live my life wearing glasses (I refuse to wear contacts after having undergone the testing for this condition) and sunglasses. No amount of eye-surgery will ever repair the damage done to my eyes, but this is a no-pity community, so please learn all you can from me. :)
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Dear Dreamwidth Users,

One of the nifty new features Dreamwidth has that you probably haven't noticed, unless you use a screen reader, is that all our user icons can have proper descriptions.

For example the icon I've used on this post has the description "Generic glyphs for wheelchair, blindness, sign language & information access". Blind users and others who can't see graphics can read the text instead. Since the icons we choose for posts are often important commentary on the post, it's great that Dreamwidth has this way to make them accessible in text.

BUT these descriptions only work if you enter them on your icon editing page.

To see some example descriptions, you can check out all my icons which tells you the keywords and comments as well as the new description field. The descriptions are meant to be a text equivalent to the icon, so you don't have to describe everything in the icon - just the parts that matter. Once you've read some people's descriptions it should be clearer.

Here are links to the icon pages for some people who have entered icon descriptions, so you can have an idea of what we're doing:
rb's icons
xb95's icons
acelightning's icons
sheelal's icons

Now you can go and add descriptions to your own icons. Start by describing your default icon, or whatever one you use most often. If you have lots, you can always do a few now and a few in a while! Any descriptions are better than no descriptions.

If you have any problems with specific icons, or any other questions, leave a comment and a link so I can find the icon and I'll try to give you a hand. If you have neuro issues that make it hard to come up with descriptions, feel free to leave a comment and somebody may volunteer to help you.

Then please go tell all your friends to describe their icons too!


Happy Accessibility,
Ricky

[Crossposted mostly from my personal journal here]
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A question for y'all:

I'm going to apply for a job as an administrative assistant at a social services organization.  The job posting says, "Preference will be given to applicants with disabilities, recent immigrants, First Nations/Aboriginal applicants, members of a visible minority or applicants with social, cultural or financial barriers to employment."

Exactly how should I mention that I'm mobility-impaired (as a cane user)?  Is there a specific phrasing anyone can suggest for my cover letter?  This isn't the kind of thing one normally advertises, so I'm a bit at sea here.


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May 1 is Blogging Against Disablism Day. Posts will be archived here, and last year's posts are here. Around 170 bloggers have signed up, according to the organizer, so the list of posts should be impressive.

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