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Update 5/19: This post was revised to address a mistake regarding an accessibility tip.
Say it with us: accessibility for all! Today, for Global Accessibility Awareness Day, let’s celebrate this mission as one Twitch community.
All day long, creators will be leading this charge on our homepage by showing off their skills, talking about the importance of digital accessibility, answering your questions, and also just having a great time. Plus, we’ll tell you a bit more about what we’re doing to boost accessibility on Twitch, and what you — yes, you — can do to help.
GAAD is a wonderful thing. But its goal of accessibility for all can’t just be relegated to one group of people. In fact, about 15% of all people in the world are living with a disability. That’s over 1 billion people. Which, last time we checked, is a lot. Accessibility is not a problem for the few, but for the (very) many. And the more steps we can all take toward that goal, the better.
Thankfully, of that 1+ billion folks, some of the kindest, most talented, and most entertaining people have built their communities right here on Twitch. Their knowledge and expertise, and their contributions to gaming, art, and more, are streaming live not just today but every day. If you’re looking for them, look no further. Here’s the full lineup of the amazing creators going live on the Twitch homepage for GAAD:
For Australia and New Zealand regions, keep an eye on the ANZ Front Page for these local creators up until May 22nd: /Akari, /Beri, /BlazePlayyz, /Caddlebear, /ChaiLatteNebula, /magnetbrain, /Morrow_Plays, /NoHandsNZ, /Nyaadia, /Octarock, and /pwuppygf.
While everyone is doing their part in promoting accessibility awareness, we have some updates to share, too. Here are some initiatives, both internal to Twitch and external for the whole community, that we’ve recently completed, begun, or have in the works.
In addition to watching and supporting the creators above, there are plenty of things you can do to promote accessibility on Twitch and beyond.
If you’re a creator, take 20 minutes and help make your stream more accessible for everyone by making a few simple changes:
We have a whole Creator Camp article about making your channel more accessible, with input from /BlindGamerSteve, /Nikatine, and /NoHandsNZ, so check it out! In no time at all, you can make your channel more welcoming than ever.
If you’re not a creator (but this also applies if you are), you could also take some time to educate yourself (and your community!) about ableist language, how it affects people living with disabilities, and some alternatives to use that keep accessibility in mind:
Whether you’re a viewer or a streamer, a person with a disability or not, a chatter or a lurker — however you help boost awareness is important, so thank you for your support. And for any accessibility related questions and feedback, email firstname.lastname@example.org!
We’ll see you in chat.