Covid-19 is changing our society in massive ways. If we are thoughtful and intentional about these changes, we can make everything better for everyone:
Accessible data: The techniques for making charts and graphs accessible to everyone have been long understood in the research labs. COVID-19 should highlight for all of us that it’s long past time to bring these ideas and technologies out of the lab, and into the public venue where they can work for everyone. If you’re working on digital products, get in the habit of making data visualizations accessible.
Inclusive communication: As everyone is now forced to figure out how to work from home, let’s make these processes, tools, and spaces accessible to everyone. That way, this effort will continue to benefit millions of people who need to work from home, even after the virus is gone. We can then increase employment and wellbeing for everyone, and keep it that way.
Awareness: After COVID-19 is defeated (and it will be defeated), germs won’t just go away. Let’s make sure to remain aware of the techniques we have employed now, so we can continue to use them to make safer, more welcome environments, for those with compromised immune systems.
Reach out and include everyone: Got a funny meme to share? Include alt-text when you post them, and caption the photos you share on Facebook. Make sure that our online conferences take this unique opportunity to include those who were previously isolated, or could not attend due to accessibility concerns.
COVID-19 is offering us all the opportunity to rebuild the way we do business. Let’s build it better!