The Rehabilitation Act was codified on Sept. 26, 1973, creating the largest and most comprehensive training and vocational program for people with disabilities, and prohibiting discrimination against qualified workers with disabilities in programs supported by federal tax dollars. Join the department (@USDOL) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (@EEOC_OFO) for a Twitter Chat this Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 1-2 p.m. EDT to commemorate the act’s 40th anniversary. You’ll have a chance to ask policy experts questions about the Rehabilitation Act and discuss its impact on you and your colleagues.
Tweet using the hashtag #RehabAct to join the discussion between 1 and 2 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, or to submit your questions in advance. You can also submit questions by emailing them to ODEP@dol.gov.
We look forward to tweeting with you!
The following are some simple tips for making tweets accessible.
1. Make sure your profile page includes alternative contact options, like an accessible “contact us” form or toll-free phone number, or an email link to somebody who can assist people with questions.
2. Let screen reader users know what to expect by including a short prefix before tweets that have photos [PIC], videos [VIDEO] or audio [AUDIO].
3. Link back to pages with full captions or transcripts of the photo, video or audio.
4. To increase readability, place #hashtags or @mentions at the end of the tweet.
5. Avoid using unfamiliar or hard-to-pronounce acronyms when possible. If space allows, spell them out.
6. For multi-word hashtags, capitalize the first letters of each section of a compound word (#LikeThisExample).
7. If possible, test your tweet with assistive technology before posting it.
More guidance on social media accessibility is available at www.HowTo.gov.
Twitter is designed to reach a broad audience. Twitter in its native form, however, may not be fully accessible for everyone. If you do not already have a preferred Twitter client meeting your accessibility needs, one of the following free Twitter clients/platforms may be able assist:
• Android: Plume for Twitter
• iOS: Official Twitter App
• My Amaze multiple browser accessibility plug-in by Deque
• TwInbox for Outlook