I should really learn to research these things BEFORE I make commitments about doing them. I'm living and learning, and although I'm late for the event, I wanted to at least report back what I found out.
First I went to WAVE, a Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool that I found on the Blogger's Unite for People with Disabilities page, and plugged my blog's address in. That told me everything that was wrong with my blog regarding accessibility. And that's all. No clue as to how to fix it. Or if there are any clues, I'm too clueless to pick up on them.
So I went back to the Bloggers Unite for People with Disabilities page and put in this comment:
I'm going to try to make my blog (theiciexperience.blogspot.com) 100% accessible for the People First event. I have no idea how to do it and the Wave site that tells me some things about what's wrong with my blog (wave.webaim.org/) has no clues about what to do to fix it. I'm going to research this, but any helpful hints would be greatly appreciated.
I was pleased when the good folks at BlogCatalog responded within a couple of days:
A few days before the event deadline this comment was posted:
A few people have asked if there are resources that explain to bloggers how to fix problems a site evaluator may point out to them about their site. I asked blogger @GlendaWH if she had any suggestions and she responded:
Two great resources for web accessibility are the Web Accessibility Initiative - www.w3.org/WAI/, and WebAIM - www.webaim.org/.
However, I am finding that blog accessibility is different than web accessibility, even though the underlying principles are the same. Instead of a web team working together, with blogs, there's the platform, the theme, the plugins/widgets and the blogger. The average blogger can do only so much in terms of accessibility.
Hope this helps those of you who had questions and thanks Glenda for sharing your knowledge with me and the rest of the event.
So. For now, no accessibility for those of us with blogs using existing platforms (Blogger, WordPress, etc.) But I feel like progress has definitely been made in that this information is out there now for others to find.
It seems to me that the next thing to do is to make our desire to have accessible blogs clear to the platform providers. Are ya hearing' me, Blogger?