Inclusive publishing, or making print books more accessible for readers with disabilities, is becoming easier with the development of ereaders, smartphones, and even braille displays for ebooks. When it comes to producing ebooks at Ooligan, we should be making sure our designs are accessible and following industry guidelines so that we can bring our books to as many readers as possible. So how can we accomplish this?
We live in a world that was created for those who are seeing. Think about it, how many times a day do you pass a sign or an advertisement? Probably more times than you can count. The internet is a place that can break those barriers and it’s slowly becoming more and more accessible. But, of course, we all have a role to play here. Taking the time to add this text to your image can give your followers a fuller experience of your work. And who doesn’t want that?
Do we, the storytellers, have a responsibility to warn our audience about subject matter that could cause that kind of distress? That’s right. I’m talking about trigger warnings.
With a small change, an entirely new community can have access to “see” your pictures, just in a different way. All you have to do is change your accessibility settings and, when you post a picture, describe the posted image.
Ten percent of people in the developed world and fifteen percent in the developing world have some degree of impairment that can seriously affect their ability to read, such as blindness, low vision, dyslexia, or motor disabilities.
“There are people right outside of this door that will never get to see what you do, and that is not because they are uncivilized or they are uncultured or even because they are unaware. They just can’t afford a ticket.” —Adam Thurman, Director of Marketing and Communications, Children’s Theatre Company When I began writing […]