Filed under: asperger's syndrome, autism, disability, social media, Web Browsers | Tags: AS, asd, asperger's, asperger's syndrome, Autisable, autism, blogging, blogs, disability, FaceBook, information processing, Jeff Stimpson, Jeff's Life, JeffsLife, personal development, sensory processing, social media
I do not as a rule have any major problem with blog sites that use a captcha to ensure that commentators are real people, Autisable doesn’t and as a consequence the comments frequently include totally unrelated marketing material, but yesterday I hit a real captcha problem. I visited one of my favourite blog sites – JeffsLife which is always thought provoking and informative – the post was about the employment prospects of Jeff’s son, Alex, and it moved me to want to comment. I wrote my comment, but when I sought to post it I found the capcha was obscured by an “Ads by Google” box. I could not move the box, it remained in place as I scrolled up and down, clicking on the ads did not cause it to disappear, but the button to substitute an audio capcha was accessible – problem solved.
No it blanketywell wasn’t! Again and again I played audio capchas, and again and again I failed to enter the correct letters. Unfortunately the letters were spoken faster than my ability to process them which was extremely frustrating – I don’t have glossolalia, but, had you heard me, you could have been excused for thinking otherwise! – fortunately when I was reaching boiling point I had the sense to stop trying and instead made my comments directly to Jeff via Linked In. There was a time, particularly when I was younger when such frustration would have led to things being broken, there is much to be said for age that moderates rage. (snappy little sound bite if I were reading this aloud!)
I love the Internet, but I do occasionally have problems with it. I tend not to read in a straight line and websites with lots of distractions make my reading process rather laborious, as a guide I would say that Facebook is too fussy, I’m not even sure that my own site doesn’t need a good tidy!. Pop-ups and animations are a real nuisance, all I really want is a block of clear type on a contrasting background. That’s another pet hate of mine, illegible text, it’s sad that when someone has gone to the trouble to compose a piece they publish it in dark letters on a dark background because I just won’t bother to try and read it.
I do not consider myself disabled, as a rule, but that blasted audio captcha reminded me that I do have some processing challenges. I wish website builders would take into account that not all of us share the same facility of processing. I will continue to visit JeffsLife because of the quality of its content, – it is very legible too, black on yellow.
Website designers and providers please think of those of us with processing problems when you design your sites, we too should have a right to be able to use the Internet!