OHMA EXHIBITS: a collection of interactive oral history encounters

Accessibility Design Notes

We believe in the transformative power of oral history in all its forms. We believe oral history can create change for narrators, for interviewers, and for audiences. As you’ll see when you begin to explore, certain exhibits are directed towards particular groups, but as a whole we want this site and the exhibits contained herein to be as accessible to as many people as often as possible. We have designed this hub towards WCAG 2.0 standards to create usable accessibility. Students have also aimed to design their individual exhibits towards these standards.

We see this work as an opportunity, not a chore, and have been inspired by the Access is Love framework of Mia Mingus, Alice Wong, and Sandy Ho of the Disability Visibility Project.

Here are the specific steps we’ve taken on this site.

For others looking to increase their web and digital media accessibility, we have linked some resources and tools we used.

Finally, we acknowledge that as mainly non-disabled makers and web users our capacity to audit for usable accessibility is limited, and that certain content, features, or functions may not yet be accessible to all visitors. We are continually learning, and we will greatly appreciate and take seriously any feedback you have as you explore the site, especially if you encounter barriers to participation. Please direct any flags or suggestions for how we can improve your experience to carlin.zia@columbia.edu. Thank you!

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