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Five Really Great Social Media Feeds by and for People with Disabilities

July 30, 2015 | Marie | Comments (0)

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Over the last few months I’ve come across powerful and influential social media work done by and for people with disabilities. Here are five of my favourites (so far).  It's definitely not an exclusive list. I hope you enjoy this mix! It reflects some of the work that I've been doing lately.

No Bones About It: The Official Blog of Guide Dogs for the Blind. Breeders’ digests, personal experiences, fundraising ideas, and really cool links. Lots of photos of dogs.  Very participatory. This post by a woman about to retire her service dog is stunning. You'll increase your awareness of the critical importance of trained and dedicated service animals. 

American Foundation for the Blind News Digest. AFB is the American equivalent to the CNIB. Their website is a super information source about Helen Keller. Posts are frequent and full of information. You'll need to set up an AFB profile and choose your blogs. Recent blog posts in their digest include an item on workplace mentorship  and an experiential post about how the Americans With Disabilities Act has enabled workplace success, dignity and independence.

@CELA_CAEB: A great Twitter feed to find out more about CELA and their role. Short, sweet tweets with links. They retweet lots of items of interest to library accessibility. Their website is a gateway to over 300,000 items in alternative formats. Toronto Public Library offers access to CELA collections for those who are blind or have a print disability.

@aodaalliance: This voluntary community coalition is chaired by @DavidLepofsky, the well-respected blind Toronto lawyer and activist. He leads in holding government, corporations and agencies accountable to people with disabilities. Mr. Lepofsky most recently spoke out for improved service to people in wheelchairs at the Air Canada Centre.

@LArcheCanada: Strong advocates for the rights and dignities of adults with developmental disabilities, L’Arche’s Twitter feed will increase your awareness of the work of Jean Vanier and the community within which L’Arche works. L'Arche Canada and L'Arche Toronto web pages invite you in to the world of L'Arche.

I’ll stop here. Watch for 5 more social media accessibility eye-openers soon!

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