Mental health in a time of COVID-19 and beyond

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Eric speaking at Bali Digital Skill Share Conference, 2018

Dopa morphed from its narrow scope to go beyond articles about writing and handwriting.  We’re now focused more broadly on psychological disorders, learning disabilities, and mental health.

Our articles are long-form. We take on complex subjects for the lay-person. Want a thorough, serious look at panic disorder, dyscalculia, or dyslexia?

We’ve got it covered, and in most cases, we updated the piece in the last year.

Our piece on delusional disorder looks at how Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was accused of being delusional during the Kavanaugh Supreme Court hearings.

In March, 2020 we re-imagined movie posters as PSAs for the age of COVID-19.  They too bring updated context to subjects like fear of crowds and fear of confined spaces. Our alternative poster of Black Swan looks at the role of isolation in obsessive-compulsive behavior and self-isolating.

What defines us beyond that is:

  1. A commitment to meeting W3C Guidelines for accessibility.
  2. Pragmatic approach missing elsewhere in discussions of accessibility on the internet: websites very often cannot be accessibility compliant without sacrificing design, interactivity and general user experience for visitors without disabilities (paying 50% more for designers and coders might help, but would still fall short).
  3. Those with challenges using traditional or common-place access to the written words on websites require alternative web pages that are made specifically for an audience requiring accessibility.

Our pieces take 2x longer to finish and publish than “crowd-sourced” pieces on sites like Wikipedia that do not follow accessibility standards, and where contributors are already being asked too much as volunteers. About half of our articles are re-created so they meet accessibility guidelines (Wikipedia is not accessible, but their articles are shared under creative commons license).

How many writers and editors can add 25% time to their no-pay or low-pay work-load so they can also learn the proper dos and don’t of accessible web pages? Therein lies our challenge.

 

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