Jan 11, 2019
Hey there! Welcome to
Accessibility Minute, your weekly look at Assistive Technology,
those clever tools and devices designed to help people who have
difficulties with vision, mobility, hearing or other special
More than 285 million people in the world have visual
impairments. The major social networking app, Instagram, has
recently introduced two new improvements to make it easier for
people with visual impairments to use Instagram.
First, they introduced automatic alternative text
so users can hear descriptions of photos through their screen
reader when they use Feed, Explore, and Profile. According to their
website, "It uses object recognition technology to generate a
description of photos for screen readers so you can hear a list of
items that photos may contain as you browse the app."
Secondly, they introduced custom alternative text so users can
add a richer description of their photos when they upload a
photo. Individuals with visual impairments using screen
readers will be able to hear this description.
Visit Instagram.com to learn more!
For more information, to read our blog, or to drop us a line,
That was your Accessibility Minute for this week! I'm Laura
Medcalf with the INDATA Project at Easterseals
Crossroads, in Indiana.