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Twitter Accessibility Setting

Although there has been an increased effort to make websites and businesses alike more accessible, there is still a long way to go before we can call our world universally accessible.

A big step in the right direction, however, is when massive organizations such as Twitter make an effort to make their content more accessible to those who are differently abled.

Buried in Twitters variety of setting options is a lesser-known feature that allows the visually impaired to have visual media described to them. Despite the feature being launched roughly 2 years ago, it wasn’t until blind twitter user Rob Long praised the feature online, eliciting over 100,000 shares, and quickly going viral that it caught the world’s attention.  Advocating for the massive difference it made for his Twitter experience, Long explained how the feature allowed for him and other visually impaired individuals to see images in “their own way”. 

This feature can be accessed quite simply by navigating to Twitter’s Settings and Privacy page and clicking on the Accessibility menu. From there you check the box titled “Compose Image Descriptions”. Upon adding an image to your next tweet, you will now have the option to click the “Add Description” button, which will take you to a screen that allows you to add alternative text that can be used by visually impaired Twitter users.

If you need help enabling this feature, just visit their help page with step by step instructions on how to do it.

Hopefully, this helps some of you who may not have been aware of this setting. For those of you who already have this setting activated, thank you for helping make the world a little more accessible!

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