#233 Help with accessibility survey
Opened 4 months ago by ekidney. Modified 8 days ago

Hi!

The Fedora Accessibility working group are looking to launch a survey about accessibility tools and assistive technologies in the Linux ecosystem (non-Fedora specific).

The goal would be to:

  1. Collect and organize submission data from anonymous respondents.

  2. Identify key recommendations and priorities for improved Linux accessibility that Fedora Linux could improve on from results.

We would appreciate any help or guidance that can be given from the DEI team in the creation and distribution of this survey :)


Metadata Update from @jflory7:
- Issue priority set to: next meeting (was: awaiting triage)
- Issue tagged with: needs feedback, new change, type - internal organization, type - outreach

4 months ago

The orca mailinglist: https://mail.gnome.org/mailman/listinfo/orca-list might be good if we are looking for blind GNU/Linux users to answer the survey (as they are often using a screenreader)

and if we are looking for Autistic people maybe the Wrongplanet forum can be good: https://wrongplanet.net/forums/

Discussed in 2022-08-15 meeting.


The DEI team is best equipped to help reach accessibility-oriented groups in the Linux desktop space. Lots of us have connections in related communities that could help fill this survey and spread the word.

One feedback I have is that it would be good to clarify what the Accessibility Working Group aims to do with this survey. What kind of actions might the Accessbility WG take after collecting the data? Or to say it a different way, what direction will the team go based on this feedback? We could go so many directions on accessibility, so it will be good to narrow the scope and make sure we are asking for data that is actionable.

Also, a few folks in the meeting shared several links to other communities, forums, and mailing lists that would be good to capture in this ticket! These could be good places to share once a survey is drafted and prepared.

Any other thoughts here?

I would say publishing such a suvery on linkedIn could be a good idea, because in LinkedIn there are alot of neurodiverse and also people with other functional diversities talking about things such as accessability and computing.

@thunderbirdtr also highlighted that the Fedora Websites & Apps team is going through major changes right now too, and that accessibility improvements to Fedora Websites would be welcome while the websites are undergoing these changes. This could also be a valid direction for the Accessibility WG to think about depending on what they want to focus on with the results from this survey.

I have some feedback that echoes @jflory7's previous comment.. Based on my work with the annual contributor survey, I think it will be helpful to define the following as a guide for developing the questions.

  • What is the goal of the survey? (You provided a general answer to this in the ticket description but I think it would be useful to define this further)
  • What do you plan to do with the results?
  • Who is the audience for the survey?
  • Will this be an ongoing, defined length, or recurrent survey?

Thanks so much for the responses! In terms of the questions asked:

  • What is the goal of the survey? (You provided a general answer to this in the ticket description but I think it would be useful to define this further)

The survey aims to:

1) identify compatible blind assistive hardware with the Fedora Linux and document those.
2) identify compatible hardware that are used on other Linux-based operating systems.
3) identify accessibility pain points for a new comer in Fedora Join process.

  • What do you plan to do with the results?

We plan to use the results as a starting point for documentation we may need to create in terms of how to access and navigate the Fedora ecosystem depending on the users abilities. Also provide documentation on assitive technologies that are compatible.

If any pain points are identified we can see what we can do to get those flagged and worked on.

  • Who is the audience for the survey?

Fedora and Linux users. We want to get as large of an audience as we can so we have answers from a diverse group.

  • Will this be an ongoing, defined length, or recurrent survey?

We plan to run the initial survey for a month and then following that maybe a few months down the line we can do another.

Discussed in 2022-11-07 meeting (video).


@ekidney joined us for the first half of the meeting and we reviewed the plan for the Linux Accessibility survey. To reaffirm, we are in favor of this survey in the Linux distro space, especially for how it can inform work to improve accessibility in the operating system.

We covered a few points and shared feedback as summarized below:

  • The intention of the survey is study accessibility and accessibility technology from the user perspective instead of a contributor perspective. The survey would target users of accessibility features in Fedora Linux as well as any other Linux distro.
  • The DEI Team can help by sharing feedback and/or wayfinding around the Fedora Community to support in launching the survey.
  • A timeline for the survey launch was not yet defined, so we asked @ekidney to keep us informed as to when the survey will launch, so we can help with outreach and sharing in our personal networks and channels.
    • This ticket can be a place for updates or any questions along the process.
  • Privacy concerns and GDPR:
    • Some privacy legislation allows a person to request their personal data be deleted and removed from a web app or database. Fedora is compliant with this privacy legislation. In short, anyone with "write" access to the data should be documented or noted for contact if such a request is received.
    • Add a link to the existing Privacy Policy in the survey opening page.
    • Add a notice or reminder on the survey opening page about submitting Personally-Identifiable Information (P.I.I.) to the survey, how this data is stored and retained, who will have access, etc.
    • @sarah-thornton has a strong background in data privacy and security, and can be a good ally for identifying privacy and safety considerations in the survey.

Metadata Update from @jflory7:
- Issue untagged with: needs feedback
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23 days ago

Just a progress update on the survey!

I have drafted up some questions that can be found here: https://hackmd.io/Ir-hLagdTHmTs4HgWB7uKg?view. I currently have eight questions and around half of them focuses on documentation. If anyone has anything to add please feel free :)

Hi @ekidney nice work! From my perspective, this is a great first draft. I left a couple comments on the hackmd with some small suggestions for changes/additions :)

Hi @ekidney nice work! From my perspective, this is a great first draft. I left a couple comments on the hackmd with some small suggestions for changes/additions :)

Thanks for the feedback Marie! I implemented those comments :smile:

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