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Accessibility is something all companies need to take into consideration, for example, having ramps in buildings. However, most companies are over looking one aspect that is becoming more and more essential in modern society, social media. 

Everyone is online these days and it is a major part of not just keeping up with people, but expanding on exposure for business, it is a way of life. Surely, social media should be accessible to everyone? 

Social media is not accessible to everyone. Some of the most major social media platforms have no accessibility options. This includes YouTube, Tumblr, Snapchat, Reddit and Instagram. Thankfully, Twitter and Facebook have some options, but they are very limited. 

The lack of consideration for people with disabilities when it comes to social media is very isolating. When someone can no longer use an app because it’s no longer accessible to them, that’s one more line of contact cut off. 

I am visually impaired and find the apps listed above very difficult to use and this is a shame because it’s one of the ways I use to communicate with the visually impaired community, which is so helpful in feeling supported with a disability. Visual impairment isn’t the only disability that makes it difficult using apps, hearing impairments, motor skill impairments, and more are also important things to consider.

Companies should hire specialists to advise them on accessibility options and should consider adding:

  • Image descriptions
  • Compatibility with Voiceover and talkbalk
  • Options to make text larger
  • Short cuts
  • Hearing aid compatibility
  • Audio Descriptions on videos

According to the world Bank website, one billion people experience some sort of disability. Not all of these will have problems using social media, but a large percentage will. So that’s nearly one billion people who are isolated from social media. One billion people who need our consideration, in ALL aspects in life. 

Please sign and share this petition to encourage social media giants to add or expand on their accessibility options, so that everyone can enjoy a sense of community that you can experience through social media.

Thank you, 

Emily Burton 

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