Sunday, October 7, 2018

Disabilities Awareness: Tell people about your Accessibility Approach!

RantWoman is working her way through something called the Whole Life Challenge, RantWoman is working her way through the challenge with a team that has Laughing in its name. Even better, except RantWoman gets a little humor-impaired sometimes!


The challenge is about cultivating 7 habits as a key to better emotional and physical health. One of the habits suggested is, basically, journaling. Hence this blog post, among other verbal emanations.


RantWoman wants to offer her perspective on two of the habits:


Hydration: RantWoman definitely gets enough fluids. RantWoman probably should figure out how much extra liquid she needs if some of the liquid feeding involves RantWoman’s caffeine habits, but RantWoman thinks she has hydration pretty well and consistently taken care of.


Sleep: see this blog post.


That is two of seven, except for the part about what time RantWoman is writing and sleep. Coming up: Exercise, Mobilization, and Food.


For RantWoman, the first healthy habit seems to be complaining about #a11y, electronic accessibility.  The short version: RantWoman has worked her way through enough kind of irritating interactions with the website and the Android app to be able to complain publicly about things that Did Not Work. Hallelujah! Many things are MUCH better though there is still room for improvement!


On the way to “it works much better,” RantWoman wants to hug the person who invited her to a team for just saying “I do not know about accessibility.” “I don’t know” is SO much nicer a place to start than another string of comments in RantWoman’s #disabilityinchurch saga. The person who invited RantWoman to join a team is professional who, RantWoman is guessing might consider using this as a tool in her work. But she would have no reason, other than capacity to handle RantWoman sometimes being insufferable, to know anything about how to evaluate accessibility on a new resource. The site has no link explaining any philosophy about accessibility or any attempt to meet standards such as WCAG 2.0. Accessibility novices could use a search engine with the product name and accessibility or the name of accessibility tools. Chances are that approach, if it yields anything at all would yield some links full of techno-babble nearly incomprehensible to non techie accessibility novices.


Enter RantWoman who just does not already have enough opportunities for unplanned accessibility / usability testing in her life, especially opportunities she gets to pay for first. See, automated accessibility testing sometimes tells developers that a site complies with standards but the testing does not detect that a blind user cannot do some really basic task, like completing a purchase to sign up. The Whole Life Challenge signup process worked just fine and RantWoman had already decided the experience would fit into her budget. But prompt responsiveness about RantWoman’s accessibility gripes will definitely cut down the odds that RantWoman will send in a bill to cover free consulting. Positive movement MIGHT even cause RantWoman when she is in a position of recommending tools, as sometimes occurs, to put in a good word for this tool.


As an aside, another detail enhancing humor impairment: RantWoman should probably also mention that the Friendly Neighborhood Center for extreme Computing is in the middle of upgrading to Windows 10, and RantWoman gets to answer questions like “What is this Edge thing?” That Edge thing is of course a browser that people who do not use accessibility tools should definitely check out. However people who try to use Edge with Zoomtext, one of the tools RantWoman uses still get a message saying basically use another browser. Imagine how problems like this affect people just trying to get work done and who did not think a new browser was what they most needed or wanted. There.  This concludes today’s excursion on exotic Planet RantWoman   #NDEAM



Disabilities Aware: Yoga at WTBBL

Yoga at the Washington
Talking Book & Braille Library
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
9:00 – 10:00 AM
2021 9th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

Greetings! The Washington Talking Book & Braille Library will be hosting yoga class at the library beginning Wednesday, November 7th from 9:00 – 10:00am, and then every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. All are welcome and we hope you will join us! Class begins and ends promptly at 9:00-10:00am. Please arrive by 8:45am to check in. The class is free of charge and will be held in the WTBBL conference room. This slow Vinyasa class lets yogis settle into and really feel the poses in their bodies. Most of the poses are standing (i.e. Warrior 2).

Friends and family welcome! Wear comfortable clothes you can move in.
Mats will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. It is recommended you bring a small towel and water bottle. If you need any special arrangements please let the instructor know.

The yoga class will be taught by Alice Graden. Alice is a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher and founder of Blind and Low Vision Yoga Seattle. When she is not on her mat she is the program coordinator for the Independent Living Blind program through the Washington State Department of Services for the Blind. Her passion for yoga and her profession lead her to notice that there are minimal opportunities for individuals who are blind and low vision to practice yoga.

Blind and Low Vision Yoga aspires to bring the joy of yoga to individuals with vision difficulties living in the Seattle area.If you have questions or requests please email: For updates on Blind and Low Vision Yoga, you can find them on Facebook at

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Disabilities Awareness: COOL video about blindness and accessibility


Editor at Buzzfeed!

iPhone. Braille Keyboard. Very high-speed Voiceover. captioned. Audio Described. An #a11y home run. Well, probably there are still accessibility problems for some people, but

Wednesday, October 3, 2018


Dear (RantWoman),

Do you have a disability of any type?  

We are seeking people with all types of disability to complete a brief survey.

The Accessibility User Research Collective (AURC) is looking for people who with any type of disability (vision, hearing, walking, using arms and fingers, thinking and remembering, speaking, etc.) to take part in a web-based survey research project being.  The goal of this study is to learn about the experiences of people with disabilities during public alerts and warnings for things like weather emergencies, missing child, and other public emergencies.
To be eligible you must:
1.      Have a disability (vision, hearing, walking, using arms and fingers, thinking and remembering, speaking, etc.)
2.      Be 18 years of age or older
3.      Prefer English for reading and writing
Participants will be asked to answer survey questions about their experience with public alerts and warnings. Study duration will take about 12 minutes. Participants who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Amazon Gift Card. There will be 10 winners. Please click the following link to complete the survey:
The Accessibility User Research Collective (AURC) is a national community of people with all types of disabilities interested in helping make technology more accessible and usable. The AURC is organized and maintained by assistive technology researchers at Shepherd Center.
To learn more about and join the AURC, please visit:
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions.
Questions? Please contact Nicole Thompson at

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Disabilities Awareness U District Mobility Plan just released

The U District Mobility Plan is out!. RantWoman emphatically encourages people interested in #accessibility and transportation in the U district to read it and digest it and take advantage of opportunities to comment.

U District Mobility Plan --Download the report

This Mobility Plan relates to proposals for many questions related to transportation around the Brooklyn Avenue light rail station set to open in 2021 in the U district. The plan has been developed by a number of U district stakeholders and with citizen engagement in workshops last spring.

Full disclosure: RantWoman participated in the public engagement workshops. RantWoman definitely means to read the report, but for the time being RantWoman needs to offer some comments and specifically to encourage people with more mobility challenges than RantWoman has to give it a read and consider what if any suggestions come to mind at this early point in the process.

1. The report is a downloadable PDF. There are a couple stpes RantWoman does visually because she can and because she does not know a mouse-free pathway. RantWoman would like to learn.

2. The workshops last spring were held at the University Heights community Center. As with all old school buildings donated for community centers, wheelchair accessibility is, um, a challenge. There is a lift that operates along a stairway. Even signage is  kind of iffy. RantWoman sent emails a couple directions but did not generate any wheelchair users who could actually come to events. RantWoman herself is lazy: if there is an elevator, RantWoman tends to use it; this time RantWoman coped with the stairs. Who says RantWoman cannot be healthier?

3. The events were the standard mix of accessibility challenges: space with too many tables to move around easily, lots of highly visual content, uneven levels of sanity as far as small group conversations and report back in the larger room.

4. RantWoman found it helpful that there were always people willing to talk RantWoman through the visual content. RantWoman decided she was just going to do the best she could in the environment and flag topics to pay particular attention to. for instance there was some kind of map of accident locations. RantWoman absorbed that she passes through some of the hot spots regularly and that a couple hot spots are near another location RantWoman visits often.

5. RantWoman also found it helpful that during report backs there were voices speaking about many of the issues RantWoman would expect to be of concern: grade, level of pedestrian traffic. RantWoman had to decide that those voices needed to be enough but definitely wants to make sure others read the report if they want to.

Happy Reading!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Disabilities Awareness Month: here we go again

Hark, National Disabilities (Employment) Awareness month #NDEAM has rolled around again.

Look world, EVERY MONTH is National Disabilities Awareness Month around Planet RantWoman.

However, awhile ago, like several years ago, RantWoman devoted a whole month to daily disability-related dispatches. RantWoman was, um, a seriously confrontational bitch about some of the topics that came up. The world survived.

Furthermore, RantWoman heard VERY little response at the time beyond what sounded to RantWoman like "shut up" from more than  one person from whom RantWoman considered it VERY inappropriate to hear "shut up." However, long after, RantWoman received feedback that someone found the many resources she presented VERY valuable.

With that in mind and with some spectacular examples on her mind of how NOT to do it, RantWoman again wades into National Disabilities Awareness Month.

Besides topics percolating in RantWoman's head, look for some resources culled from the profile info from people on a couple of RantWoman's Twitter lists. RantWoman also promises more #DisabilityInChurch moments: RantWoman does NOT apologize to her beloved faith community but will strive to be firm in corrections and  affirming especially when things get done right. (Headings. Headings. Headings! Mentioning in the bleeping minutes that rantWoman is incredibly grateful for the headings. !!!)

Tune in tomorrow for the next exciting episode.

Some days, enough simply to be grateful for no chewing tobacco.

The subject of Grief and Rage came up directly as an afterthought after worship in RantWoman's faith community. This could not possibly have anything to do with certain judicial nomination hearings or the fact that a few thousand kids have been moved from comparatively sane licensed facilities in TX to tent camps on the US Mexico border. Nor Orange Foolius infatuation with a certain North Korean dictator. Well, okay, it has a LITTLE to do with the judicial hearings, and whether someone who falls in love with said North Korean dictator really is the most helpful character witness for said judicial nominee.

RantWoman means to write further extended meditation on the torrents of triggerworthy  threads  tangled in her psyche, but first RantWoman is distracted by country music which came RantWoman's way via a MT connection.

Blake Shelton, Boys around here.

Alert readers will note reference to....chewing tobacco!

Ewww. Gross. Could RantWoman just go back to considering whether to quiz a couple 17-year-old guys she knows about consent, and like how people do stupid and hurtful things as teenagers? But, yes, MOST guys make it to adulthood without sexually assaulting someone while stumbling drunk.

RantWoman, just Stick to the Chewing tobacco!

Okay, miracle of miracles, to date nowhere in any of the #Kavanaug hearings, so far, knock on wood, cross fingers has chewing tobacco come up in conversation.

Chewing tobacco comes in small round cans which , at least on planet RantWoman, are customarily stored in the back pocket of one's jeans. Over time the tobacco cans leave a wear pattern in the pockets. Around RantWoman's high school this wear pattern was known as "ring around the butt." Take Note for one thing because urbandictionary. com has an even less appealing definition of this phrase. Who does their research?.

Perhaps it is enough, despite all the other tangles, to be thankful that the phrase "ring around the butt" is probably not a thing at Georgetown Prep.