In today’s episode, find out how a global pandemic became the spotlight we needed on accessibility. When the pandemic hit in March 2020, the world went digital. After years of everyone saying they couldn’t offer services online, businesses quickly pivoted to do what previously said couldn’t be done: offer their services online. The world going digital was a great equalizer in access and still, there are ableist gaps. If there was any time to be more accessible, it is now. Let’s face it, life is harder than usual, we don’t need a single barrier in the way of the desired outcome and success for an employee, a client, or a fellow human. The truth bombs can’t stop, won’t stop as Christine and Clary (@sparkclarity) explore what invisible illnesses and disabilities really look like. Plus, if you’re an employer or business owner, learn how providing accommodations can be totally free and increase productivity 100%.
Clary Chambers, who goes by she/her pronouns, works to make the invisible visible. As the founder and CEO of Spark Clarity, Clary works with businesses as a consultant to make their physical, digital and cultural spaces more inclusive for everyone.
Best described as a creative optimist she brings her lived experience as a Black Disabled Queer Women to bring joy to education, accessibility to community, and healing to self-care.
What to Listen For:
They told us it couldn’t be online. But when everyone was inconvenienced, the world went digital. Was it the great equalizer for accessibility? (7:31)
We are the most creative people in the world. Are you missing out on all this creative potential? (11:31)
Do we need a fire extinguisher? Don’t be the person who has to wait for an infectious global pandemic to make changes. (13:22)
When we know better, we do better. 3 tips to create a safe, accessible space that is optimized for your individual needs. (14:50)
You can’t tell. What exactly is an invisible illness or invisible disability? (18:14)
Don’t miss this truth bomb. Why did you use lime green on that sign? As a business, this is the cost of not being accessible right now. (22:14)
Resources From This Episode: Spark Clarity on Facebook Clary on LinkedIn Spark Clarity on YouTube Spark Clarity on Twitter CL Design's Brand Kits Screen Reader Extension Establish your brand’s visual identity with logos, colours, and fonts across multiple Brand Kits with Canva Pro.
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Our lives have changed and the way we work has changed significantly this year. But the reality is, the matters of accessibility and inclusion were always important. Can you break down what accessibility and inclusion mean to you and how important it is whether we personally identify with these traits or not? With accessibility in mind, we want to improve the experience and encourage the most involvement of everyone possible. This also starts with having a safe space to do so. As we work from home especially, what are 3 things we can consider to create a space that’s optimized for our each individual needs?With someone who has an invisible illness, can you share what that means and how we can be better to support people who have one too? I’m actually currently taking an Accessibility Design course and it has been great to step into this so that more people can be included in various mediums. Whether it’s enough contrast for legibility for those visually impaired to those who may be deaf, to have transcriptions or captioning for podcast episodes and captions to photos. These are details we can incorporate right now to improve this experience for others and reach a wider audience.
Accessible branding removes barriers to a positive user experience and ultimately more sales. It is not an overnight solution. But what are the benefits of being more accessible? I've got some rapid fire questions for you. Are you ready?
What are you currently celebrating? What’s the #1 thing you want people to have fun with from this episode? What’s your bold legacy?
Thank you so much Clary for taking the time to join in on the fun on the BRAND PARTY Podcast. Where can people find out more about you?