Learn More about This Dialogue

Why is this dialogue taking place?

This dialogue is the second in a three-part series of online events hosted by the National Council on Disability (NCD) and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). The purpose of this virtual event is to continue the dialogue and exchange of ideas between the disability community and the social media industry on the importance of accessibility and usability, and to promote the ongoing exchange of ideas in order to encourage universal design in the development of technology products.

In our first dialogue, Advancing Accessibility and Inclusion in Social Media - The User Experience, participants contributed creative solutions on how to make social media more accessible and provided recommendations to social media companies on how to create more accessible features and services. Participants also shared details about the role of social media in their lives and their thoughts on what social media companies need to know about users with disabilities and their experiences with social media.

For a summary of the participation metrics from our Advancing Accessibility and Inclusion in Social Media - The User Experience dialogue, view the report.

Why participate?

Social media is a powerful tool that many people use in all aspects of their daily life. However, many people with disabilities still encounter difficulties when using social media. This dialogue is an opportunity the technology provider community to offer a response to the recommendations generated by users from our first dialogue, as well as to offer NCD, ODEP and consumers a sense of what effort is involved in creating accessible social media and what can impede or support it.

Who should participate?

This online event is open to the general public and to anyone interested in participating. We strongly encourage people in the IT industry, especially those who work on accessibility and usability, to participate.