Accessible Communications

Below are links and resources referenced in the session, Accessibility in Communications, featured in the 2022 Conference on Housing and Economic Development, sponsored by the Idaho Housing and Finance Association.

How to make your communications—from your website to your printed material —accessible to non-native speakers and visually and hearing impaired.

Contributors and Speakers:

  • Laine Amoureux, Account Representative, The International Association of Accessibility Professionals; and
  • Carolyn Quintero, Web Accessibility Analyst, Boise State University

Presentation Materials

Idaho Digital Accessibility Consortium (IDAC) This work is sponsored by the Idaho Assistive Technology Project, a grassroots group of Idahoans invested in disability inclusion. Webpages to be updated soon.

Community of Practice (AKA Accessibility Therapy) As your schedule allows please feel free to drop-in on any Thursday between 1:30 and 3:00 p.m. MT and chat, while you work, with members of our disability advocacy community of practice! No topics are off limits, nor are any going to be “scheduled”. The goal is to create a space for spontaneous connection, much like we might have if we were able to safely meet in-person before/after meetings or in our offices.

Note. Email nstallings at uidaho.edu or laine at amoureuxatconsulting.com to be added to the Community of Practice (AKA Accessibility Therapy) and/or the IDAC newsletter – for training announcements.

International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) – a professional association for anyone working on accessibility and disability-inclusion

Digital.gov Accessible Social Media Toolkit The Federal Social Media Accessibility Toolkit Hackpad: Improving the Accessibility of Social Media for Public Service. From the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy: “The toolkit is intended to help agencies evaluate the accessibility of their social media programs for persons with disabilities, identify areas that need improving, and share their own ideas and recommendations for helping ensuring our modernization programs are easily accessed by all who need them.”

AccessibleSocial Accessible Social is a free resource hub for digital marketers, communication professionals, content creators, and everyday social media users who want to learn how to make their content inclusive and accessible for people with disabilities.

Other Examples

Video presentations. Audio description with ASL support for video on accessible by the Idaho Access Project.

Accessible events. The Idaho Access Project teamed up with the Womens and Childrens Alliance to create a more accessible route for their 2021 and Oct. 2 2022 SueB fundraising run/walk. The Urban Route features audio descriptions of the route and points of interest along the way.

Fair Housing Month Campaign Materials

Content for the Fair Housing Month social media campaign is now available! Members of the Idaho Fair Housing Forum have created a series of messages and graphics that highlight key concepts outlined in fair housing law. Please help us spread the word!

The goal is to provide consistent messaging across the state by sharing four posts each week throughout April to educate Idahoans about their rights under the Fair Housing Act.

Campaign Dates: April 4 –  April 29

Format: Four posts per week

Content (Click on the links below to download):

Fair Housing Print Materials

If you would like to display and distribute fair housing posters, information cards and bookmarks at your organization during fair housing month, the Idaho Housing and Finance Association (IHFA) will send materials at no cost to you. To request materials, click here

Fair Housing Video Explainers

IHFA produced a series of fair housing video explainers available for download and sharing via social media. Click here to view the collection.

Fair Housing Forum: Monthly Meetings

We’ll track the monthly meetings of the Idaho Fair Housing Forum below, and add descriptions and links to materials as they are made available by the various meeting hosts. Check back each month for the latest updates in the archive below.

Meetings take place the third Wednesday of the month. Each regular monthly meeting highlights a topic selected by participants in advance. Quarterly meetings are more open-ended opportunities for conversation and discussion of fair housing trends, challenges and related issues. Continue reading

New IFHF Schedule and Focus!

Bus benches continue to support fair housing..and sitters!

As mentioned in a previous post, the Idaho Fair Housing Forum has resumed regular monthly meetings to restore productive collaboration and conversation among diverse stakeholders. Our work on regional statewide campaigns (like the poster pictured above) is crucial to expanding awareness of fair housing. These meetings are a safe place to ask questions, seek consensus and work toward common goals. Partners who are respectful of others and approach the Forum in good faith are welcome.

Check back after September 30th for the late 2022 – 2023 meeting schedule and topics.

  • All meetings will be the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 10 am MT/9 am PT. Main meeting topics will occupy 60 minutes, but we can hold space for 90 minutes to accommodate additional conversation.
  • Quarterly Open Forum Meetings will be held October, January, April, July and be more informal, featuring a more open roundtable discussion, with short videos for consideration. The first of these is Segregated by Design
  • Monthly Training meetings are planned for November, December, February, March, May, June, August, and September and will feature topical training modules and Q&A
  • Annual Meetings will be in-person (public health situation permitting) and coincide with existing statewide events focusing on housing and related topics to allow statewide partners to consolidate travel time and costs.

We look forward to expanding this group to be more inclusive and diverse, and to broaden our geographic scope. We welcome housing providers and professionals, planners, building officials, people of all abilities, consumer advocates, and anyone interested in learning from one another about the origins, interpretations, importance and impacts of the Fair Housing Act and related laws.

Bookmark this post and check back for more updates!