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A beaver is lying in the water behind a murky piece of wood. It's fur is a little wet and it's looking at us cautiously, while chilling, maybe thinking about a delicious stick that it will eat soon.
Right now I'm eagerly awaiting the next season of a Swedish slow TV show called The Great Elk Trek. While waiting for this I have been engaging in what I call The Small Beaver Walk. That is me going for a walk and checking out the beaver who lives in a nearby bay. The beaver is super chill and has both large and small projects going on. All of the projects involve gnawing on trees.

Clubhouse - both sides

I think Clubhouse is an ableist social media. And I'm on it. Yes, I'm conflicted about it. On the other hand, I'm conflicted about all social media I'm on. I joined Clubhouse in early February. It was an accessibility and privacy disaster and it was also by then Forbes wrote this article on how Clubhouse excludes disabled people by design. Since then Clubhouse have fixed some issues especially when it comes to VoiceOver.
On the other side, it's worth mentioning that there are many accessibility and disability communities on Clubhouse and one of the biggest and most vocal club is the 15 %. So there are two sides to this and as Jonathan Mosen says in his podcast, Mosen at large, episode 99: "It's refreshing to have a social network built around something blind people love, audio."

WCAG 3.0 - First public working draft

In January this year, the Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AG WG) published a First Public Working Draft of W3C Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 3.0. As you might have noticed the WC in WCAG now stands for W3C instead of Web Content. Maybe this will help a little when someone complains that WCAG is for web and not mobile apps. Or maybe not. I guess time will tell. Deque has written a pretty good article on what to expect from WCAG 3.0 and another article on the history of WCAG 3.0. There is also a pretty good overview on Digital A11y. But if you really want to dig deep into this you should of course head over to the WCAG 3.0 at and/or visit their Github if you like to be where the action is.
Podcast: The Clearleft Podcast - Accessibility

And now here we are

During the last year, there have been a lot of articles on the subject of covid-19 and disability. Some of them good like this one from VICE about long Covid. But the one that stuck with me is more of a comic than an article. It's created by Sam Schäfer, and it's called "And now here we are".

Meetup: Accessibility New York City - Accessing Innovation

What can a body do?

In August 2020 Sara Hendren released a book with the title "What Can a Body Do?". I can recommend reading or listening to it. Around that time there was also an interview with her on Disability Visibility Project that I think is well worth reading since there are some good thoughts in there. And if you are a designer or developer thinking of accessibility as "a problem to solve" then you should read this and think again.

Stark’s Public Library

The company Stark is probably best known for its accessibility tools for design apps such as Figma, Sketch, and Adobe XD. They have now acquired a11yresources, a website made by Hannah Milan, and released it as Stark's Public Library. They claim that it's the largest, centralized accessibility resource on the internet. 

Figma: Accessibility Annotation Kit

Warnings in the browser

Every now and then the subject of how to punish those who are not accessible comes up. Suggestions like "a wall of shame" are not uncommon.
The article Inaccessibility Warnings in the Browser anyone? is another suggestion on how to punish sites that are inaccessible. This time the suggestion is a similar approach as that of security where the browser indicates with an icon whether a website is secure or not. Of course, false positives is an issue here but it's still an interesting suggestion I think.
There are also an issue posted at “The Web We Want”.

Data visualization

Sarah Fossheim has written a number of articles on the topic of data visualization. Like this one with the US election as an example and this one on Apple's dataviz accessibility. In fact, their blog is a treasure and you should keep an eye on it!
If you like videos Sarah, together with Frank Elavsky and Larene Le Gassick also gave a talk at Outlier called Are your visualizations excluding ppl? Check that out as well!

NPM package: Focus rings for React

Using a bionic arm can really suck

"The most disabling thing about missing my left arm is the way the world treats me, regardless of whether I put on a prosthesis for the day."
This quote is from the article "I have one of the most advanced prosthetic arms in the world — and I hate it". It's written by Britt Young, discusses the history and use of prosthetics and how cool it is to be a cyborg. I think you should read this.

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