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Name:Tips for improving accessibility from PWD
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Community description:accessibility tips
This community is for giving tips about the day-to-day accessibility improvements people can do for each other.

Anyone with a disability is welcome to post.


  • Any person with a disability can make a post. If you say you have a disability, we believe you; we are not interested in policing definitions of disability.

  • Any person, whether with or without a disability, can comment on any post.

  • Post only about accessibility improvements that will improve your life, personally.
    • For an example: "Please shovel out pedestrian crossing buttons near your home if the snow banks cover or block them. I can't use my hands to balance on the snowbank, and nor can I dig the snow out that's blocking the button."
    • On the other hand, I'm not going to post my a lengthy thoughts about how to shovel sidewalks to improve wheelchair access. Because I doesn't use a wheelchair, even though I have a frequent visitor who does, this is not the appropriate place for that post. On the other hand, that leaves more space for people who do use wheelchairs to make posts on the topic.
    • This rule will prevent the frequent occurrence in accessibility communities in which an accessibility expert posts advice which PWD say does not actually help.
    • If a friend with disabilities asks you to post something specific on their behalf, you can do so, but don't volunteer. Seriously. Allies are awesome (we love you!) but the internet is full of accessibility advice communities where the speakers are not PWD themselves. This is a place where PWD can talk without being overshadowed.

  • This is for accessibility tips your colleagues, friends, families, and neighbors can implement. That is, not for ramps on the courthouse building, but maybe for shovelling the curb cuts.

  • We know that even the same disability operates differently in different people, so please don't assume that something you read here applies exactly the same to everyone with that disability; however, it's a starting place.

  • Be respectful and courteous. Recognize that we all have different communication styles.

  • Racism, classism, ableism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, fatphobia, ageism, and the like will not be tolerated. This is intersectional space, and we do not participate in Oppression Olympics. Do not argue for accessibility benefits that come at the expense of another downtrodden group. Particularly remember that elders and PWDs are allies, not enemies, in the quest for access.

  • The moderators reserve the right to delete or freeze post or conversations if these rules are not followed. The moderators reserve the right to switch from honor system to something more strictly enforced if there start to be problems.
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