Social Media Networking- Hands-on workshop- Blind Welfare
A visually challenged person using facebook and twitter! Most of us have the impression that this is not possible. Yes, accessibility to social media can present challenges to person with vision loss, but with a little guidance and training , they too can connect with people and can be motivating contributors in the social media network.
To address this issue , Voice vision in association with four visually challenged professionals, organised a day-long ” Social media networking Hands-on Workshop for the visually impaired” on December 22,2013, in Mumbai. The program schedule comprised theoretical explanations and practical demonstrations in equal measures.
This one of its kind training, specially designed for the visually challenged, focused on importance and advantages of social networking, overview of social networking sites like facebook and twitter, orientation to the layout of facebook and twitter pages, creating profiles on social media websites, tips to keep one’s personal information secure, and features like “adding friends”, “posting”,” sharing”, “likes”, ” tweeting”, “following”, hast tags and their usage and much more.
The training also provided guidelines and techniques on accessing facebook and twitter, using laptops and mobile phones- including those with Android, iOs and Symbian operating systems- with the help of screen reading software and by utilizing different keystrokes.
The workshop had ten participants; so far, Voice Vision has trained 20 people on social media usage.
Mr. Shriram Parthasarthy, Mrs. Vibhuti Sheth Nagarmath, Mr. Amar Jain and Mr. Apoorv Kulkarni besides helping Voice Vision to design the training module, acted as resource persons.