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Tweets of the week - disability style

Emma Emma | 10:05 UK time, Wednesday, 13 July 2011

140 characters don't give you much to play with but these Twitter users have given us some interesting disability insights in the last week.

If we can't find a way to make braille technology affordable, I don't see our literacy rate growing anytime soon.
Alena Roberts (@blindperspectiv)

Communication tips: when talking to a lipreader, speak clearly, at a regular pace, don't over-emphasise words, and make eye contact.

Coffee definitely tastes purple here. Synaesthesia. Just something about the brew I think.
Sarah Ward (@GentleChaos)

Look Supre, I know you probably didnt make 'jeggings' with chicks in chairs in mind but... #accidentallyaccessiblefashion
Stella Young (@stellajyoung), editor of ABC Ramp Up.

• You can find us on Twitter as @bbcouch - tweet us or email us and suggest who we should follow and why. We may post your suggestions for public consumption here.


  • Comment number 1.

    You deleted my comment simply because I did not agree with you??????

  • Comment number 2.

    And tweeting contributes to improving understanding of disability how exactly?

  • Comment number 3.

    I find it a bit lazy the BBC is relying on twitter instead of researching news properly, bit of an climb down from serious reporting. Twitter indeed facebook has made not an single viable contribution to advancing disabled qualities via law at all. It's mostly trivia and always will be, twitter is an 'social site'. If you want in depth you still have to revert to message boards, News papers, TV, or blogging, even the BBC recognizes it needs bloggers. Twitter is for people with nothing much to say, hence the 140 char limit, and it seems most are pushed to say something enlightening even then. I'm a bit concerned with the sanitizing of OUCH by the BBC, where concerns are frowned upon, let the bloggers justify what they write themselves BB. Some are I am told, over the age of consent.

  • Comment number 4.

    The important thing is who people are tweeting and sharing information TO. I have a lot of disabled friends on social networking sites who spend a lot of time and effort on "awareness" campaigns on various disability themes, but they are read, "liked" agreed with and retweeted by people who already know and understand, who share with other audiences who already understand. I've yet to receive a comment on a disability-themed tweet from anyone who is not disabled! It's not just sharing that matters, but who you are sharing WITH and what they do with that information.

  • Comment number 5.

    Govt forced to delay flagship Welfare Reform Bill in the Lords due to peers' concerns over number of people affected

    Wonderful tweets on twitter today :)

  • Comment number 6.

    Dunno RR I stopped wasting time sifting through the dross to find anything, i am in neither twitter or facebook... The laugh is the people who read social sites then do an blog on it, consider themselves some sort of journo, strange ! Cut+paste+10 pennorth, not news as I see it... When did plagiarizing become an art form ? SO it saves time you wading through the mire of trivia ? depends WHAT they report and IF it is valid. Anyone can say anything online.


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