By MATP Staff Member M. Catherine McAdam
I came kicking and screaming into the world of twitter! As a woman who is blind, I initially ran into many accessibility issues and frankly didn’t get why I should bother with this thing that sounded like a bird song! As accessibility of the Twitter site improved and MATP moved further into social media, using Facebook and MATP’s Twitter account to update the latest in assistive technology, I knew it was time conquer the reluctance and find a way to use these tools. Lucky for me, at the same time, Jonathan Mosen ‘s released his book “Tweeting Blind”. This book helped me to understand the language of the Twitter world, options for accessibility and offered options for using my desktop computer. It took a while but I finally get it! I’ve connected with multiple disability organizations, news about assistive technology, and experts on web accessibility. They offer links to many web sites I otherwise had not frequented pointing to specific articles or facts. I find that I am less overwhelmed by the massiveness of the world wide web as others share items of interest. I must say the main Twitter page is much more accessible than in those early days. I’m using the windows application called the Qube, but Jonathan Mosen explores many options using web base programs, and of course using your Apple device.
What do you use to access Twitter? Or if you are not tweeting yet, why not? Hope to see you there!Tweet