Primary Deliverables: Podcast Episodes and Websites

    • Podcast Episodes
  • Point of Exclusion: Lack of Audio Descriptions 

For those who are blind or have low vision, audio descriptions offer extra narration that describes visual aspects, activities, and scenes inside the podcast. These listeners could overlook important elements expressed through visual cues, including gestures, facial expressions, or contextual features presented during interviews or storytelling portions if audio explanations are not provided. Because it does not take into account the various needs of visually impaired people, this exclusion creates a barrier to their complete comprehension and enjoyment of the podcast material, which is an example of a mismatched human connection.

Access Design Solution: Incorporate Audio Descriptions 

Best Practices: Make sure that your audio descriptions for podcast episodes are clear, descriptive, and fit in with the narrative without taking away from the main idea. Give concise verbal explanations of the visual components, actions, and scene changes in a way that is easy to comprehend and captures the important information. To make sure the descriptions are inclusive and successful, you could also think about referring to standards like the Audio Description Project’s Best Practices for Audio Description.

Benefit for Temporary Mismatched Human Interactions: Audio descriptions can be helpful for those who are temporarily having mismatched human interactions, such as those who are recovering from eye surgery or who have been injured and are temporarily losing their eyesight. Additionally, viewers may find that audio descriptions assist them stay engaged with the podcast material while they are in situations when they are limited or distracted by visuals, including when driving or multitasking.

    • Website
  • Point of Exclusion: Font Size and Inadequate Contrast

Users with visual impairments may encounter obstacles when navigating and reading material on websites with poor color contrast and small font sizes. People with impaired vision or color blindness may experience eyestrain and readability problems due to low-contrast text and small fonts, which can hinder their ability to properly navigate and access information on the website. This exclusion hinders visitors’ ability to interact with the website’s content by ignoring their varied visual needs, which is an example of an inappropriate human interaction.

Access Design Solution: Improve Font Size and Contrast 

Best Practices: To ensure that text is easily readable for individuals with visual impairments, increase the color contrast between text and background elements to fulfill accessibility standards. To improve readability, pick colors with adequate brightness and contrast ratios; stay away from color combinations that could be challenging for people with color vision impairments to differentiate. Use easy-to-read font styles and sizes that are readable as well, especially for body content. Give users the ability to change the font size to suit their tastes.

Benefit for Temporary Mismatched Human Interactions: Users can benefit from enhanced contrast and font size to improve readability and lessen discomfort when accessing the website. These users may experience temporary vision impairments due to factors such as eye strain from prolonged screen time or environmental factors affecting visibility.

Distribution Strategies:

Identify Your Target Audience: Find out who will listen to your podcast and where they are most likely to interact with the content. This could include communities, hobbies, or demographics that are pertinent to the subjects you address in your podcast.

Make Use of Podcast Platforms: Post your podcast on well-known podcasting websites like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and so on. These platforms can aid in getting potential listeners to find your podcast because of their enormous audiences and powerful search and discovery tools.