Challenges of a disAbled Writer – Inaccessible Bloggers

Challenges of a disAbled Writer – Inaccessible Bloggers

Challenges of a disAbled Writer – Inaccessible Bloggers

 

By Patty L. Fletcher

 

October 16, 2023

 

 

Over the years, I’ve posted multiple posts concerning inaccessible materials. I’m a totally blind writer who uses a screen reader software program and though I post instructions for doing so, offer referrals from people who can assist bloggers with making their websites accessible for all with print disAbilities, and this does not just mean those who cannot see, but people with color blindness, dyslexia and numerous other difficulties with print still I run into difficulties every day.

First, let’s address one more time, what a screen reader is.

A screen reader is a software program which is designed to turn text into speech.

To learn more please visit this link.

What is a screen reader?

When I read a blog or work with a blogger who doesn’t understand this need, it can bring forth a lot of anxiety.

If links are not correctly labeled, my screen reader simply says, “Link Link” as I scroll through.

If a blogger doesn’t include alt text in their photos, when I encounter one all I hear is “Graphic Label. Graphic Label.”

If you’d like to learn what alt text is and how to include it, please visit this link.

What is alt text.

Having to collaborate with people who do not even today, when there are laws prohibiting inaccessible websites who don’t make it so anyone with a print disAbility can read everything on the page, I have trouble enjoying the post in all ways. Furthermore, if I’m working with bloggers on promotions, it becomes a time of great frustration and anxiety.

As stated in the above writing, there are legal requirements for websites now, where inaccessibility is concerned. If you’d like to evaluate your site to make sure you’re in compliance, please visit the site shown below.

ADA Website Accessibility Compliance.

Personally, I feel disrespected every time I must deal with a site which doesn’t take the time to be accessible. I could list multiple times and places where this continues to occur but to save my blood pressure, I’m going to simply state that millions of blind people read blogs, buy books, and other products which require a website. Each time you put up a post which is inaccessible to print disAbled people you are removing a sale from yourself. Think about it. You spend good money on creating the perfect book cover but if all I get is a graphic label when I come to that inaccessible website, I’m going elsewhere for my entertainment.

It is a slap in the face, every time I must do twice the work and pay someone to make what I am to share in a blogger promotion accessible.

As an author trying to make it in this world there are times when I want to just give up. There are times when I’d love to be part of something I turn away because I know before I go look the editor, blogger, or publisher has not taken the law seriously.

I’ll leave you with the following thought, “One day you too could become print disAbled.”

 

SPONSOR…

 

Casey Mathews is the founder of WebFriendlyHelp.com, a company designed to help people get the most out of their technology. He has worked in the Access Technology field since the mid 1990’s. He holds an MCP certification (Microsoft Certified Professional) as well as a BS in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix. He has also received the Florida division of Blind Services Access Technology endorsement. Casey has worked in various Florida Organizations that serve the blindness/low-vision community where he has introduced new software and training/support ideas from Serotek, the NVDA (Non Visual Desktop Access) screen reader, and of course apple iDevices. Casey was also instrumental in the founding of a Guide Dogs for the Blind technology chapter in 2011. Casey enjoys testing new technology and software and is highly committed to remaining informed of developments in technology.

SERVICE OVERVIEW…

The idea behind my personalized access technology solution is that people have different needs and learning styles. Some want to learn as much as possible so they can be ready for anything. If that’s you, great! However, just as important is the next person who may simply want the minimum to get the job done, then call later when something else crops up. We all have different limits, and sometimes less is more. Some learn by example, some learn better by taking a few pointers and trying to figure things out for themselves, and some just want it fixed so they can go on about their day. You may be:

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A business professional whose company has suddenly made changes or updates that are driving you insane. Maybe you’re even more ambitious and want to build a website, or take a website from good to great in class. How does your name in a dot com sound?

A retired lifelong learner or hobbyist who wants technology to just work the way it should. On the other hand, you may need help with online resources to feed your hobby. If only I had a dime for every time I heard, “I had no idea that was available online!”

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Do you ever find yourself needing something, but just don’t have the time or expertise to locate it on your own? First off, I’ve been there, and I know exactly how you feel. Second, don’t blame yourself. Google, Bing, or whichever search engine you like, can only take you so far without calling in an expert.

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We all need a gift sometimes. Some people hate the idea of getting a gift, simply because it is hard to find that incredible gift that says, “I was thinking of you.” You may not want to get someone a gift certificate, flowers, cookies, or chocolates. Well, maybe you do if those items are over the top and tremendously unique. Need a special toy for your cat, dog, or fire breathing dragon? Say no more. So, let me know what you need and who you need it for. Boss, coworker, spouse, cat or dog, I got ya covered! Give me as much detail as you can, and I’ll get to work. If I need some clarification, I may reach out to you.

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Did you lose contact with someone? Are you trying to locate a newly discovered relative you haven’t met yet? A long-lost friend or significant other? I can help. The more info you can give me ahead of time the better—first and last name for starters, along with an email address or phone number if you know it. Let me know if you need just address info, or more detailed stats like marital status, criminal background, or something else. Give me as much as you can, and I’ll start tracking them down for you.

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Find yourself needing to crank out three research papers with at least ten references for each one? I feel your pain! Been there, ate the pizza and got the t-shirt. 😉 Do you need to find information on a competitor? If the info you need is in a book, magazine, or journal article, I have access. While I cannot give you the entire book or professional magazine, I can share excerpts from those sources. Let me know how much information you need, and I will start collecting and collating for you! Formatting those documents can also be done for you. Whether it’s APA, MLA, or something else, just write, and let me make your citations and references right.

Are you a Writer?

Do you find yourself with too much to do and not enough time? Maybe you love writing but hate the research. If you need facts or data for your next best seller, I will give it to you in a silver document, if that’s your pleasure. 😉 Need to divide up your paragraphs into chapters? What about a nice table of contents? Just let me know.

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Looking to travel for business or pleasure? Looking to find a flight, hotel, or something else away from home? Maybe you want info near your destination such as things to do, nearby places to eat, or something else. I’ll hook you up with ideas and comments from people who have already done it. This way you can take the hassle out of travel!

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Need a solar charger that does more than just charge? Overwhelmed by all the computer and smart device options out there? Let me help you find just the right device to meet your needs, deals that fit your budget, and the exact tech configuration that fits your life. I’ll do the hard work so you can relax and enjoy it. Once you get that new computer or device in your home/office, you can give my other service a try and let me tame your tech. I can help you configure your device or access technology, or show you how to use it better. Go to the above link to learn more.

Miscellaneous

Here I will briefly list some additional examples that might be of interest.

• APIs: If you are a developer, you know what these are. I do not code, but I can find what you need to code faster!

• Web Scraping: Need contacts from an organization or company? I will hunt them down for you.

• WordPress: This is extremely popular with a lot of small businesses. Many of my clients need help with their WordPress website, updating plugins, themes, or just making the site work in a way that it doesn’t now. I will help you make it run the way that works for you and your business.

• Data Import: Need information put into a new database system? You’ll have it up in two wags of a dog’s tale! 🐕‍🦺

AUDIO EDITING SERVICE

Your audio: enhanced, cleaned, and refined to the best quality possible

AT Web Friendly Help, audio editing involves modifying and removing the pieces of the audio recording that you don’t want or need. Whenever you record, you will have dead air or gaps in audio that are too long, coughs, ums, background noises, and so on. These can be removed for you. The result is that recordings will sound much more professional and confident.

Audio Restoration and Enhancement

The following partial list will help show you what you get with the audio subscription service.

• remove gaps, mistakes, unwanted sound, words, or parts

• edit out ums, ahs, silences, stumbles, coughs

• get rid of humming or buzzing noise, background noise (General audio restoration)

• add music to your voice over or any kind of audio

• enhance the sound of your audio file (Including podcast cleanup and enrichment)

• convert audio files to your preferred format

• Create audio files from your videos

Example Audio Projects

• Podcasts

• Audio interviews

• Audio lectures

• Teleseminars

• Radio shows

• Webinars

• Sermon recordings

• Presentations

I hope that brief list gives you a bit more of an idea of what I can do to help you. Let me know what you need when we chat.

Pricing…

Payment can be made via PayPal, or credit/debit card. Payments are made on a subscription basis such as monthly, quarterly, or annually.

Contact Info

Contact me by phone at:  567-234-0078 or email at: Help@WebFriendlyHelp.com

Visit my website: https://webfriendlyhelp.com

About Patty L. Fletcher

Patty L. Fletcher lives in Kingsport Tennessee where she works full time as a Writer with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disAbled from the non-disAbled. She is Also a Social Media Marketing Assistant.

Follow her in Patty’s Worlds here.

 

 

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