Train gone sorry: Deaf representation on social media

“Train gone sorry” is a sign language idiom used by Deaf people that is akin to “missing the boat.” There is an abundance of Deaf and DeafBlind people and communities on social media — and this includes content creators, influencers, social media managers, organizations and schools. However, these groups are often misrepresented, marginalized or downright excluded. This presentation aims to change this narrative by spotlighting prominent Deaf and DeafBlind folks on social media and highlighting some important examples of social media activism, hashtags and campaigns led by Deaf and DeafBlind folks/communities. Examples of inaccessible social media practices will be shared along with demonstrations of best practices for being accessible and inclusive to these specific people and communities, with the goal of reducing audism on social media.


Aimee Whyte — Rochester Institute of Technology

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