Accessibility Best Practices for Moderators on Remesh

Amr Thameen Updated by Amr Thameen

At Remesh, we want to ensure that all our participants have a great experience using the platform. So, we put together this set of recommendations on how to account for participants with disabilities while running a Remesh conversation.

We recommend providing detailed instructions at the beginning of the conversation to inform the participants about what they should expect during the conversation. Items to cover in your instructions:

  1. How does responding and voting in an open-ended question work and how much time will participants have to complete the question
  2. How does responding to a poll work
  3. Send multiple demo questions at the beginning as a warm-up so every participant can get a feel for the mechanics of the conversation
  4. Make sure to always check in with your participants on how the pace of the conversation is and if they need anything adjusted

Time

We recommend increasing the duration of each question type to the following:

  • Polls should be at least 30 seconds but preferably longer
  • Ask Opinions should be at least 2 minutes and 30 seconds,
  • Ask Experience questions should be at least 1 minute and 30 seconds

Ensuring each participant has enough time to complete each question is critical to allowing everyone's voice to be heard.

Images

We currently do not support alt-text for images, so if you have visually impaired participants within your audience we recommend that you send a Speak following the image to explain the visual in detail. This will allow screen reading software to read the text so visually impaired participants can understand and digest the concept you shared. Also, if you are able to use Speaks to describe your content instead of an image, that is a great way to promote the best overall experience for all participants.

Videos

Make sure the uploaded video contains closed captioning otherwise, please make sure to send a speak following the video to tell participants what it's about.

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