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Join the Conversation for Change on Social Media Accessibility

Join us on this important online discussion sponsored by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at U.S. Department of Labor and National Council on Disability (NCD) to help increase employment opportunities for all Americans.

Click on the first link below to register and share your thoughts below. Pass this on to your contacts around the country. This is a great opportunity to let everyone know the importance of captioned videos as well as other new and emerging accessibility solutions.

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JOIN THE CONVERSATION FOR CHANGE ON SOCIAL MEDIA ACCESSIBILITY

Online Dialogue to Seek Ideas for Improvements for Persons with Disabilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the National Council on Disability (NCD) invite the public to participate in a virtual town hall dialogue, “Advancing Accessibility and Inclusion in Social Media – The User Experience,” which will examine the accessibility barriers of social media for individuals with disabilities, including job-seekers and workers. This crowdsourcing event will take place from Monday, March 17, to Friday, April 4, and it will be the first in a series of three social media accessibility online events taking place over the next three months.

“Social media is transforming how we engage with customers, employees, job-seekers and other stakeholders,” said Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy. “But when social media is inaccessible to people with disabilities, it excludes a sizable segment of our population. This online dialogue will help us pinpoint social media accessibility barriers, and discover new solutions for ensuring these digital services can be used and optimized by everyone.”

“The National Council on Disability is privileged to co-host this online dialogue with ODEP as part of an ongoing collaboration between federal agencies and private-sector companies invested in the social media space,” said Janni Lehrer-Stein, Chairperson of Access and Integration for NCD. “We anticipate that this online discussion will present new and exciting opportunities for Americans with disabilities and people around the world. Social media opens up a new marketplace of ideas and access for everyone, including people with disabilities, adding value and providing new opportunities through inclusive engagement in the virtual world.”

The conversation will explore the value of social media in the lives of people with disabilities, particularly around work, and identify accessibility issues and creative approaches to making social media tools more accessible and usable. Participants will be able to discuss their social media experiences and submit ideas, comments and vote on potential solutions. The information gathered from this dialogue will then help NCD and ODEP further collaborate with the social media industry to implement solutions.

The national dialogue is being coordinated under ODEP’s ePolicyWorks initiative.

To register, visit:
//NCD-ODEP.SocialMedia.ePolicyWorks.org

Link to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy:
//www.dol.gov/odep/

Link to ODEP’s ePolicyWorks initiative:
//www.epolicyworks.org