Why COVID-19 contact tracing apps *must* be accessible

People with disabilities should benefit from emergency software. They also WANT to participate. Contact tracing won’t work without them.

Woman holding up mobile device to tablet display containing QR code
Woman holding up mobile device to tablet display containing QR code
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What makes a contact tracing website or native app accessible?

Step 1: Accessibility Statement

Step 2: Accessible Registration

Step 3: Accessible Cookie/Privacy/Terms

Step 4: Accessible location finding

Step 5: Accessible QR code scanning

Step 6: Accessible documentation

Step 7: Accessible help/bug reporting process/support

Step 8: Native Apps should operate in both portrait and landscape modes, and auto-rotate when the phone orientation shifts

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Blogger, disability advocate, nerd. Bringing the fire on ableism. A11y Architect @ VMware. Wheelchair user w/ a deaf daughter. CS, Law, and Business background

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