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ODEP Leads Development and Release of New Federal Social Media Accessibility Toolkit

August 4, 2014
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) announces the release of the Social Media Policy Toolkit, a shared service of the Federal Social Media Community of Practice lead by The Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy. The toolkit is intended to help agencies evaluate the accessibility of their social media programs for persons with disabilities, identify areas that need improving, and share their own ideas and recommendations for helping ensuring our modernization programs are easily accessed by all who need them.

In this shared document, collaborators are encouraged to identify best practices in improving the accessibility of social media for public services, or create a new and better way ([by copying] and pasting the content in, or linking directly to preexisting content).

Government agencies are increasingly using social media to engage with citizens, share information and deliver services more quickly and effectively than ever before. But as social content, data and platforms become more diverse, agencies have a responsibility to ensure these digital services are accessible to all citizens, including people with disabilities.

This Toolkit is your guide to Improving the Accessibility of Social Media in Government. Created with the input of social media leaders and users across government and the private sector, this living document contains helpful tips, real-life examples and best practices to ensure that your social media content is usable and accessible to all citizens, including those with disabilities.

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http://www.dol.gov/odep/


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