Our team of community volunteers are always seeking more ways to make the GBDoc a kinder and more inclusive place for everybody. Following conversations with people who live with visual impairments, it became apparent that some were being excluded from tweets which contain image and video content. Diabetes is sometimes associated with sight loss and, while this is also a global issue, we felt the exclusion of anybody living with diabetes from any aspects of our content should be addressed urgently.
We would like to kindly encourage all users of Twitter and other social media platforms to consider using image descriptions and ALT text on all relevant content. For help on how to do this, please follow this link: https://help.twitter.com/en/using-twitter/picture-descriptions
Searching for how to use ALT text may also help you to be inclusive with your social media content.
We would like to remind social media and content managers at diabetes organisations and charities that being inclusive of people living with disabilities includes those with visual impairments and their ability to access your content on the Internet. We encourage you to make changes to any inaccessible content at your soonest convenience and to maintain good accessibility practice.
Thank you for reading about our pledge. We do hope that you will follow us in making social media a kinder and more accessible place for everybody.
On behalf of the GBDoc team of community volunteers
Diabetes community, charity and organisation accounts on Twitter which support our pledge:
Action4Diabetes - @Action4Diabetes
Diabetes Chat - @diabetes_chat
Diabetes Ireland - @Diabetes_ie
Diabetes UK - @DiabetesUK
Diabetes UK Cymru - @DiabetesUKCymru
DigiBete - @DigiBeteUK
DRWF - @DRWFDiabetes
DSN Forum - @DSNForumUK
GlucoMen - @GlucoMen
JDRF UK - @JDRFUK
NIDoc - @IdocN
Preventing T1DE in Paediatric Diabetes - @PreventT1DE -
Successful Diabetes - @SuccessDiabetes
T1 International - @t1international
Talking About Diabetes (TAD) - @TADTalkEvents
Team Diabetes 101 - @_diabetes101
The T1 Club - @TheT1Club
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