In the Internet age, memes have become an important part of how people community. Today, they are one of the strategies that people are using to relieve anxiety and see the lighter side of things. Unfortunately, many people with disabilities are left out of this content entirely. This leaves only the unrelentingly serious and frightening messages from mainstream news.
“A lot of people are spreading a lot of really positive/funny memes. While memes lacking alt-text don’t normally bother me, in this time of anxiety, I feel like I could really use the boost of some humour or something positive.”
Full access to data has always been understood as a vital right by people with disabilities. Today, it is apparent that access to data can be a matter of life and death. How is it possible to decide what an appropriate level of action might be, without access to local maps of community spread? How can anyone decide if the government is making the right policy decisions, without access to the graph of the curve, and being able to understand how a set of actions will change that graph?