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Infographic Background: The background of this infographic is white. The background of each subheader alternates between peach, white, light blue, and lavender.
Subheader 1: Alternative Text
Image: Graphic of a laptop with an image of an alpaca on it that is accompanied by illegible text. There is a screen reader attached to the laptop.
Text Accompanying Image: Alternative text (Alt Text) is the description you write for images on your website and social media channels so disabled folks can access your images audibly with a screen reader or visually in the caption or comments of a photo.
Subheader 2: Braille Trails
Image: Graphic of a person with black hair who is wearing sunglasses, a bright yellow sweater, and light pink pants. There is a roped fence behind the person and a green sign on the path in front of them with braille written on it. They are utilizing a walking cane to follow along the path.
Text Accompanying Image: Braille trails are pathways with guide rope and markers like short poles or wooden posts that have plaques with braille informational signs for folks to read and follow.
Subheader 3: Sighted Guide Tours
Image: Graphic of a light brown magnifying glass. There is an illustration of a red heart in the glass.
Text Accompanying Image: Sighted guide tours are educational tours that move slowly, provide rich descriptions, and allow blind and visually disabled people to take in the sanctuary experience, stop, and ask questions.
Subheader 4: Tactile Aids
Image: Graphic of a person with brown hair who is wearing a dark grey sweater and smelling the contents inside a bottle they are holding in their right hand. There is a cream-colored table behind the person with a small pile of hay, a black and white spotted feather, and a trimmed pig tusk on it.
Text Accompanying Image: Tactile aids like sheared wool/fiber, trimmed pig tusks, molten feathers, hay, straw, and 3D barn models can invite visitors to explore your sanctuary through other senses like touch, smell, and sound.
Subheader 5: Audio Aids
Image: Graphic of a person with long blonde hair who is wearing headphones. They are smiling and closing their eyes while holding their hands to either side of their headphones and standing in front of a brown fence. There is a black and white While "cow" can be defined to refer exclusively to female cattle, at The Open Sanctuary Project we refer to domesticated cattle of all ages and sexes as "cows." standing behind the fence.
Text Accompanying Image: Audio aids include microphones and other assistive listening devices that amplify sound, live informational tours with humane educators who speak directly to visitors, audiotaped scripts that allow folks to go on tours more independently.
Subheader 6: Program Evaluation
Image: A Graphic of two white sheets of paper and a pink pen resting on top. There are five stars and a yellow smiley face on the top piece of white paper.
Text Accompanying Image: Program evaluation research is one of the most meaningful ways to determine how you can improve your sanctuary’s space and educational programming and as such, should seek to include feedback from blind and visually disabled community members.
Text at the Bottom of the Infographic: For more ways to make your animal sanctuary accessible for blind and visually disabled folks, read the full resource on this topic on our website @ www.opensanctuary.org. Just type in “blind accessibility” in the search bar!