Accessible Podcasting is about creating a podcast which everyone can enjoy. Here at Rough Outline, we think it’s important that information is freely available. That’s why we’re making this commitment to keep our podcast open and accessible.
The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.
Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web
Why is it important to have an accessible podcast?
One of the greatest things about discovering a new podcast is sharing it with your friends. Imagine hearing something you just had to share… and then not being able to.
If you’ll allow me to get all Sesame Street for a minute, everyone is different. We all have different audio devices of choice. We all have different bodies, and different needs. To assume that everyone is the same as me and Amber is to do a huge disservice to a huge chunk of the population.
As much as 3% of the population use screenreaders. (Source.) And a great deal more will be reading this with their screens zoomed in, like I am right now. Therefore, we will (to the best of my technical capability) make our website easy to navigate for people with low vision, or screenreaders users.
Something like one in six people are deaf, or have hearing loss. (Source.) Therefore, we will include transcripts of all our podcasts on our website.
Our Commitment to Accessible Podcasting
- Our podcast will be available for free, on a variety of platforms.
- Images and video will only be used to support the story, not to tell it.
- All podcasts will be transcribed.
- Our website will conform to W3C standards, as much as technically possible.
- If we go wrong, we will endeavour to improve and correct our mistakes. (See something that needs fixing. Let us know.)
Sound good? Listen now.