Flickr’s Relevant Photo Group Collections

Flickr has several groups that contain interesting images related to accessibility and technical communication. Log on to Flickr and go to the Groups tab to see a list of all groups and search for a group. You'll be sure to find something that is relevant or gives you a good laugh. Some groups we like are

  • Usability & Accessibility – Photos from the UPA.
  • This Is Broken – Photos about the brokenness (bad design) of items, places, etc. … see

    http://goodexperience.com/tib/ for more.
  • !Rock That Disability! – This is a group for anyone with a disability, physical, mental or otherwise. (But not just them!) Pictures you want to share.
  • Crutches, Wheelchairs and Canes – The beauty of people who use crutches, wheelchairs, or canes to get around. We welcome pictures of these items being used.
  • Design: Oohs & Aaughs – Photos of both praiseworthy and inadequate design. These are products, objects, and experiences (good or bad), which impact us enough to stop and take notice (and take a photo, too).
  • Public Computer Errors – Computer crashes, errors and other horrors as viewed by those of us innocently traveling along in life.
  • Accessible Travel – Photos of accessibility in tourism hot spots around the world. This includes wheelchair access, Braille signage, sound, markers for the hearing impaired, accessible and inaccessible intersections, public transportation, maps, lodging, restaurants, bathrooms, telephones and communication infrastructure, museum signage, best practices/worst practices, You (!) enjoying a public place with superb accessibility.
  • Wheelchair Accessible Trails – Photos taken on wheelchair accessible or paved hiking trails.
  • Rolling Rains – Travel with a Disability – This group gives travelers with disabilities, their travel companions, friends, and allies of the disability community a place to post about travel. Sometimes we see (or use other senses) differently; sometimes not. To publish your work here you don't need to snap a shot of every curb cut or Braille road sign – aesthetics counts – but somehow weave in insights about accessibility as you tell your story. The combination of photos, firsthand commentary, and the ability to contact the poster provides a unique and ever-changing consumer-level guide for the disability community on to where to go for a good time.
  • Old Wheelchairs, Gurneys, & Outdated Medical Equip – Photographs of outdated/decayed/found Medical Equipment/Devices. The older the better.
  • Writing Machines – Photos of typewriters, printing presses, and movable type—anything to do with the mechanical reproduction or creation of the written word.
  • Writing – Photos about writing and the life of writers. If you are a writer/journalist, you can show fragments of your writing life. Includes photos of handwritten pieces, pens, notebooks, Moleskines, and so on. Photos of people writing and artworks if the theme is "words, writing, writers".
  • Written In Stone – Photos of inscriptions (i.e., words, phrases, names) carved into stone such as on tombs, monuments, and buildings.

If you encounter another group you think we should add, please send us a note with the name of the Flickr group.

Accessibility Literature

  • Accessibility Blogs Roundup maintained by Digital A11Y.  New
  • Accessibility Tips that Target Low-Literacy Users by Jill Kurtz  New
  • Bibliography—literature in relation to Design for All (299 K .pdf) edited by Greta Olsson & Thomas Lyhne. This Bibliography is a part of CEN/CENELEC Guide 6 "Guidelines for standards developers to address the needs of older persons and persons with disabilities". The Guide addresses relevant aspects relating to the needs of older persons and persons with disabilities to be considered when drafting standards. Both documents are part of the Mandate 283 on the safety and usability of products by persons with special needs given by the Commission of the European Communities.
  • Books of the Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation  New
  • Disability Etiquette (.pdf). The United Spinal Association offers a free publication about etiquette. You don't have to feel awkward when interacting with, or when you meet, a person who has a disability. This booklet provides some basic tips for you to follow. And if you are ever unsure about what to do or say with a person who has a disability, just ask!
  • Disability Graphics
    • Downloadable Disability Access Symbols provided by the Graphic Artists Guild
    • Disability Graphics Disability vector images, illustrations, and clip art
      Browse 30,148 disability stock illustrations and vector graphics available royalty-free, or search for special needs children or disability icon. From iStock by Getty Images.  Updated
  • Guide to Accessible Web Design & Development of Section508.gov  New
  • Health and Disability in North Carolina 2003: a joint report from the Office on Disability and Health and the State Center for Health Statistics (.pdf) collection of publications about removing barriers from health, meeting, and recreation facilities from the North Carolina Office on Disability and Health (NCODH)
  • New Harbinger Publications specializes in psychology and self-help books for medical conditions
  • H-Disability Discussion Network from H-Net: Humanities & Social Sciences Online
  • WaSP Interact Curriculum WaSP InterAct is a living, open curriculum based upon web standards and best practices, designed to teach students the skills of the web professional. Adapt and reuse our resources. Contribute your own content and ideas.  New
  • Literature relating to women and technology:
    • Women With Disabilities: Essays in Psychology, Culture, and Politics. Introduction: Beyond Pedestals. Ed: Michelle Fine and Adrienne Asch. Temple University Press. Philadelphia. 1988. ISBN 0-87722-474-9.
    • "On the Margin of the Myth: Exploring the Landscape of Disabled Women's Lives." May 1997 Mainstream Magazine.
    • Saxton, Marsha, and Florence Howe, editors. "With wings: An anthology of
      literature by and about women with disabilities". NY: Feminist Press, 1987.
    • Schultz, Kara. "Every Implanted Child a Star (and Some Other Failures): Guilt and Shame in the Cochlear Implant Debates." Quarterly Journal of Speech 86.3(2000): 251-75.
    • Women's Health (.pdf). The United Spinal Association has a publication about health for women. For many women with spinal cord injuries or disorders (SCI/D) knowledgeable physicians and the right facilities are often hard to find. Use this checklist, not only for your own personal information, but also for educating your primary health care provider on what he or she needs to know about the unique needs and concerns of women with SCI/D.
  • Substance Abuse Library and Information Studies (SALIS Journal) SALIS (Substance Abuse Librarians & Information Specialists) is an international association of individuals and organizations with special interests in the exchange and dissemination of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) information.  New
  • Parking Etiquette and Rules
    • ADA Handicapped Parking Rules – Access Signs Regulations access sign regulations, parking space size, location how many parking spaces are required. Updated PDF version (.pdf)
    • Parking Etiquette Notices for Windshields (.pdf). The United Spinal Association offers a free publication about disabled parking etiquette. Have you ever discovered someone illegally parked in a handicapped zone and wished you could say or do something? Now you can! Take action with our handy "Just a Minute…" is 60 Seconds too long parking pad. Simply slip one of these informative reminders under the offender's windshield wiper and you've made your point.
  • Special Needs Library Services in Rockville, Maryland
  • The Taxicab Driver Customer Service Pocket Guide is a reference tool developed by Easterseals' Project ACTION with assistance from the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA) [renamed the Transportation Alliance in 2019] to provide important tips and guidelines for taxicab drivers on communicating with and providing transportation service to customers with disabilities. The laminated brochure outlines the responsibilities of taxicab drivers and the rights of passengers with disabilities. It reviews general guidelines on serving customers with disabilities and provides drivers with specific tips on serving customers who are hard of hearing, who use wheelchairs, who use service animals, and who have visual disabilities. [Download a PDF or RTF of the Taxi Operator's Pocket Guide from the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC)]
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (.pdf). The United Spinal Association offers a free publication about the ADA. Many regard the ADA as the most sweeping piece of civil rights legislation since the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Others believe that because of the many structural and communication barriers the ADA will remove, it is the farthest-reaching civil rights law ever enacted.
  • The Fair Housing Amendment Act (.pdf). The United Spinal Association offers a free publication about the FHA Act. This law is intended to increase housing opportunities for people with disabilities. However, individual citizens must come forward with concerns, file complaints or sue if they believe their rights have been violated. The government has no other way of detecting discrimination as it occurs. As a result, it is important to understand this legislation and how to make it work for you.