Ten accessibility Twitter accounts you should follow

The Twitter logo (blue on white)Twitter was ablaze with activity during TechShare Pro 2019, with key influencers joining the accessibility conversation.

Community is at the heart of TechShare Pro, and key to getting the accessibility message out beyond that community. As The Valuable 500's Caroline Casey said in her keynote:

"Hear the voices. 53% of consumers; are you kidding you don’t want to talk with us. Listen, these are our voices; we are here.”

Twitter is a great tool for listening, and influencing. Here are some accounts we recommend you follow.

1. AbilityNet @AbilityNet

AbilityNet exists to change the lives of disabled people by helping them to use digital technology at work, at home or in education. This is our third year organising TechShare Pro as a way of bringing together a community of people to embrace Inclusive Design.

We regularly run FREE webinars covering accessibility topics.

Consultants Abi James @abijames and Adi Latif @access_adi regularly tweet about accessible developments, as does Head of Digital Inclusion Robin Christopherson @USA2DAY. We also work closely with Alistair McNaught of McNaught Consulting @alistairm on our further and higher education digital accessibility services

Followers: 7,520 Following: 2,322

2. Antonio Vieira Santos @AkwyZ

Screen grab of Antonio Vieira Santos Twitter profile, at the time showing CES 2020Senior expert at Atos, Antonio is passionate about digital inclusion and social media engagement.

He is a regular attendee at technology conferences so has his finger on the pulse of current accessibility trends.  

Followers: 76.8k Following: 27.1k

3. Eduardo Meza-Etienne @edaccessible

From the Twitter profile of Eduardo Meza-EtienneKeen strategist Eduardo is Director of Compliance at eSSENTIAL Accessibility. 

eSSENTIAL Accessibility (@essentia11y) helps people with disabilities equitably access the digital world through accessibility compliance and Assistive Technology.

Followers: 118.4K Following: 123K

4. Caroline Casey @CarolineBinc

Screenshot from Caroline Casey's Twitter profileCaroline Casey's keynote was an inspiring start to TechShare Pro 2019. Follow the self-confessed dreamer, as she travels the world seeking to get #diversish on the agenda at board level.

The Valuable 500 account is @500Valuable

Followers: 5,775 Following: 1,327

Screenshot from the Twitter account of Haben Girma. It features an image of her printed autobiography5. Haben Girma @HabenGirma

Deafblind Harvard Law Graduate Haben told delegates at TechShare Pro 2019 how much she values social media as a way of connecting with others.

As well as being a Disability Rights Lawyer she is the author of Haben, the DeafBlind woman who conquered Harvard Law.

Haben has recently joined @Lenovo as the tech company's first Accessibility and Inclusion Advisor. 

Followers: 12.5K Following: 2,666

6. Google Accessibility @googleaccess

Screenshot from Google's accessibility accountKeep up with all things accessible at Google by following the company's official accessibility account.

As well as details of TechShare Pro 2019, hosted by Google, you can get a view from Google insiders on how they joined the company.

Plus discover how the company is working to make its Chromebook as accessible as possible.

Followers: 33.1K Following: 442

7. Margaux Joffe @MargauxJoffe

Mrgauz Joffe's Twitter accountMargaux is Associate Director of Accessibility & Inclusion at Verizon Media, the global media company behind with brands such as Yahoo, Aol, Huffpost, Tumblr, TechCrunch, and MAKERS.

In 2018, she spearheaded The Disability Collection, a partnership between Verizon Media, The National Disability Leadership Alliance and Getty Images to change the representation of people with disabilities in the media.

Before joining Verizon Media, Margaux launched an online platform for adult women with ADHD called Kaleidoscope Society.

Followers: 2,461 Following: 2,687

8. Reema Patel @Reema_Patel

Reema was a panellist at TechShare Pro 2019, where she spoke about her work as Head of Public Engagement at the Ada Lovelace Institute (@AdaLovelaceInst). 

Reema has consulted for a variety of international organisations, including the Danish Board of Technology Foundation and Nextdoor.com.

Followers: 2,361 Following: 3,232

9. Jamie and Lion @spacedoutsmiles

Jamie Knight writes about about the fun side of autism and shares his adventure as he transitions to independent living.

Jamie is a Senior Accessibility Specialist in User Experience and Design at the BBC.

Read AbilityNet's interview with Jamie

Followers: 4,843 Following: 350

 

10. Scope @Scope

Header from home page of Scope's Twitter accountScope campaigns for equality for Disabled People. The charity joined us at TechShare Pro 2019 to deliver the results of The Big Hack, which revels how business is missing out by ignoring the power of the purple pound.

The charity's account is a great way to stay  abreast of legislation that impacts the rights of disabled people. 

Followers: 102K Following: 7,719

Numbers of followers and following correct as of November 2019.

About TechShare Pro
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Now in its third year, TechShare Pro 2019 is hosted by Google and supported by some of the biggest technology names on the planet. The conference offers two days to connect, learn and share with people from all over the world who are building a more accessible and inclusive digital world.

Panelists and workshop hosts include Apple, Google, the International Association of Accessibility Professionals, Barclays, RNIB, Uber, Disability Rights Advocate (USA), Disability Rights UK, European Disability Forum, Aira, BBC, Sony, Scope, Fraunhofer, Verizon Media, Amazon, Netflix and Channel 4.