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Social media and accessibility

Proposal No: 2667

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  • Gian Wild, Ms, AccessibilityOz

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Length of Session (in hours): 1-hrFormat: Not providedExpertise Level: BeginnerType of session: Not provided

Summary of Session

Social media is a very important method of communication in the Information Age, especially for those with disabilities who may be restricted from physically attending social events. Learn what you need to do to make your social media accessible.


You need to make your web sites, intranets and web applications accessible to people with disabilities. This requirement covers any social media content you release as well. There is a real risk of litigation if you release content on social media sites without taking accessibility into account. Gian Wild will explain exactly how you make your social media content accessible, whether it be Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, Pinterest, Facebook or Google+. She will also explain the various accessibility problems with the most common social networking sites and how to work around them. (You can download the slides from our web site)


  1. Social media sites are not accessible
  2. There are accessible alternatives to the sites
  3. Social media content needs to be replicated on the site

Speaker Bio(s)

Gian Wild

Gian works in the area of web accessibility: making sure web sites and mobile apps can be used by people with disabilities. She spent six years contributing to the international set of web accessibility guidelines used around the world and is also the CEO and Founder of AccessibilityOz. With offices in Australia and the United States, AccessibilityOz has been operating for five years. Its clients include the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Optus, Seek and Foxtel. A 2017 Australian of the Year award nominee, Gian splits her time between Australia the US. A regular speaker at conferences around the world, in 2015 she presented to the United Nations on the importance of web accessibility at the Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


Download Social Media and accessibility (PowerPoint, 24 MB) or view Social media and accessibility on Prezentt