The Superior Electoral Court is now using the hashtag #PraCegoVer (#SoTheBlindCanSee in English) in its posts on Facebook and Twitter. Soon the new way of communicating will be adopted at the Court’s YouTube page. Besides fulfilling its legal obligation of promoting inclusion for people with disabilities, the initiative aims at reinforcing the importance of accessibility, and at spreading its message through the official media of the Electoral Justice.
A descriptive text of the image, without judgment or opinions, will be included in every post published previously at TSE’s social media, after the use of the hashtag #PraCegoVer. The description is read by a specific software and benefits not only the blind, but also dyslexic, intellectually disabled and people with attention deficit disorder.
Januário Couto started working at the TSE 20 years ago and has a visual disability since birth. He told his experience with the hashtag #PraCegoVer and explained how easy it was to access it. Couto believes that this TSE’s initiative has contributed greatly to the access to information. Couto is currently working at the Regional Electoral Court of Goiás, as a programmer.
He adds that the TSE is always searching for new ways of improving accessibility and, as a visually impaired person, he was one of the pioneers in implementing audio at the electronic voting machine. Before this change, the machine had only the Braille keyboard as a measure of accessibility.
The written description of the image will follow the hashtag to portray the post’s image. The goal is that the image’s core idea is portrayed, as well as the text that follows it. The use of that tool is not expensive, nor does it interfere with the planning and creation of content to the website.
All Regional Electoral Court (TREs) will be invited to adopt this tecnique, that has already been adopted by several organisms of the Judicial Branch of the Federal Government, such as the National Council of Justice (CNJ), the Superior Court of Justice (STJ) and the Superior Labor Court (TST), besides some private companies.
Brazilian Law of Inclusion
The Brazilian Law of Inclusion (LBI) – Law nº13.146/2015 – provides, in its article 63, the compulsory accessibility of websites of government agencies, in addition to the obligation to use hidden caption, a window with an interpreter of Brazilian Sign Language and audio description in broadcasting services.
According to the IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics) National Health Research (PNS), 6,2% of the Brazilian population carry some kind of disability, being visual impairment the most common, comprising 3,6% of the population.
The Electoral Justice is already following LBI’s recommendations on materials produced for broadcasting on television and radio stations, besides following the Accessibility Model in Electronic Government (eMAG) in its websites.
EMAG’s recommendations allow the implementation of digital accessibility to be conducted in a standardized, easy-to-implement fashion, in line with Brazilian needs, and in compliance with international standards.