Accessibility Memes

There aren’t any. So I made some.

Game of Thrones Ned Stark saying “one does not simply create memes about accessibility”
Game of Thrones Ned Stark saying “one does not simply create memes about accessibility”
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When I took a management class at VMware about nine months ago, part of the course was analyzing our “Via Institute on Character” results. Recently, Via Institute reached out to me and asked if I would retake the analysis for a research paper they were doing on differences in answers caused at least in part by COVID.

My results the first time showed my strongest character traits were:

  • Honesty
  • Love of Learning
  • Curiosity
  • Bravery
  • Kindness

I didn’t argue with any of these (though I feel Curiosity and Love of Learning are a bit of an overlap) The second time around after three months of COVID isolation my results were

  • Humor
  • Curiosity
  • Creativity
  • Honesty
  • Bravery

Still curious. Still brave. Still honest (but maybe not quite as honest). But sense of humor vaulted from nowhere to the top of the list. It really does take a sense of humor to get through a pandemic successfully, especially when you are one of the people that won’t be able to go out safely again until there is a vaccine.

When I was putting together my most recent presentation deck, I struggled (as I always do) with trying to make accessibility seem exciting to folks without a personal connection to the topic. But I couldn’t find very little pre-packaged material on accessibility that was humorous. So I used the creativity that I have also apparently picked up along the way and created some.

My accessibility dream is to reject any check-in that breaks an automatic test

Man in white shirt in front of inferno: text says “Inaccessible Code” and “Checkin gets bounced”
Man in white shirt in front of inferno: text says “Inaccessible Code” and “Checkin gets bounced”
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Some things in accessibility make you smile

Drake meme showing him shuddering at “inaccessible code” and smiling brightly at ARIA
Drake meme showing him shuddering at “inaccessible code” and smiling brightly at ARIA
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If only I got a nickel any time anyone asked me if this was OK

The NYC “Change my mind” guy at a table drinking coffee with a sign that says “Fixing a11y problems after you ship is fine”
The NYC “Change my mind” guy at a table drinking coffee with a sign that says “Fixing a11y problems after you ship is fine”
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This has been coming up a lot lately as I have been doing articles and panels related to COVID.

Gene Wilder / Willy Wonka meme: Tell me about the time when work from home requests were undue burdens
Gene Wilder / Willy Wonka meme: Tell me about the time when work from home requests were undue burdens
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“Train wreck” doesn’t even begin to describe it when these two things overlap

NASCAR pileup meme: What happens when you try to do functional testing and accessibility testing simultaneously
NASCAR pileup meme: What happens when you try to do functional testing and accessibility testing simultaneously
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So my favorite show to binge-watch is Pawnstars, which is just a lower class version of Antiques Roadshow

Pawnstars Rick Harrison Meme: When you work in accessibility, you never know what bug is going to walk through that door
Pawnstars Rick Harrison Meme: When you work in accessibility, you never know what bug is going to walk through that door
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If you aren’t preparing for WCAG 3.0 like it is going to be a complete accessibility paradigm shift, you may be in for a surprise.

Game of Thrones Ned Stark saying “Brace yourself accessibility managers. Silver is coming.”
Game of Thrones Ned Stark saying “Brace yourself accessibility managers. Silver is coming.”
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When finding and logging the accessibility bugs is only half the battle.

Hunger Games Effie meme: Prioritizing accessibility tickets? May he odds be ever in your favor”
Hunger Games Effie meme: Prioritizing accessibility tickets? May he odds be ever in your favor”
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Every accessibility manager’s least favorite VPAT phrase — “partially supports.”

The Office Lumburgh meme “If the VPAT didn’t have any exceptions in it, that would be great”
The Office Lumburgh meme “If the VPAT didn’t have any exceptions in it, that would be great”
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How many conversations have you had when five minutes in you realize that the person you are talking to doesn’t actually know what accessibility means?

Princess Bride Meme: That word accessibility? I do not think it means what you think it means
Princess Bride Meme: That word accessibility? I do not think it means what you think it means
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No one ever wants to work on accessibility until customers are asking for it …

Betty Crocker cartoon mom drinking coffee from a china cup saying “it’s all fun and games until the customer asks for a VPAT”
Betty Crocker cartoon mom drinking coffee from a china cup saying “it’s all fun and games until the customer asks for a VPAT”
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Sometimes it is only one accessibility problem (but an important one !)…

Two unlabeled red buttons with a superhero wiping sweat and saying “If only we had followed WCAG 2.1”
Two unlabeled red buttons with a superhero wiping sweat and saying “If only we had followed WCAG 2.1”
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… and sometimes it is a mountain of problems

Buzz Lightyear reaching into the air saying “Accessibility debt. Accessibility Debt everywhere”
Buzz Lightyear reaching into the air saying “Accessibility debt. Accessibility Debt everywhere”
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Thank you. I’ll be here all year. Feel free to use any of these, or comment below on your favorite accessibility humor.

Written by

Accessibility Architect @ VMware. W3C Silver, ITI & IAAP GLC committees. Degrees in CS, law, business. Wheelchair user w/ a deaf daughter.

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