RNIB comment on inaccessible tweet from Matt Hancock re lockdown restrictions
Sarah Lambert, Head of Social Change at RNIB, said: “It is unacceptable that the announcement of new lockdown restrictions in parts of the North of England was made in an inaccessible tweet by the Health Secretary. Matt Hancock put the most important details of his announcement in an image, without an image description, meaning those who rely on screen readers could not read what it said. Twitter offers simple steps that allow image descriptions to be added which ensure that people with sight loss have access to the same information as everyone else.
“Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, we have been campaigning to make sure that blind and partially sighted people can access the information they need and the Government recently developed guidance for civil servants on making communications accessible, including on using images on social media.
“We urge Mr Hancock to consider the Government’s guidance carefully and make sure his tweets are accessible to all.”
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