Making Facebook More Accessible

A tool to make Facebook more accessible to visually impaired users has been created by Project:Possibility (http://www.projectpossibility.org), a group of not-for-profit software developers in the US. The application allows visually impaired users to log in, navigate and use the site by combining screen reader technology with other coding techniques.

Facebook's popularity has risen dramatically in recent years, with more than 150 million users worldwide. However some users claim it does not fully support assistive technology tools, with several groups active on the site itself pressing for a more accessible service, such as The Official Petition for a More Accessible Facebook which contains almost 1,500 members. Some measures have already been taken by Facebook to accommodate the needs of disabled users, such as releasing screen reader-friendly versions of some of its applications.

Click this link to download the Facebook Accessibility application from http://fastlink.headstar.com/pp2.

Article adapted from e-access bulletin, a free monthly email newsletter available for subscription at: http://www.headstar.com/eab.

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