Description of App
Clubhouse is a space for casual, drop-in audio conversations—with friends and other interesting people around the world.
Go online anytime to chat with the people you follow, or hop in as a listener and hear what others are talking about.
The app is currently in beta and is invitation only. Every new member receives two invites and earns more invites by participating and hosting discussions and by other activity. To learn more about Clubhouse, I recommend this article.
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The app is almost fully accessible. The main problem being only a few buttons which are missing the label, for example in the calendar, also known as "Bulletin", there is an unlabelled button with a plus icon for creating a scheduled room that is located next to the "Upcoming for you" button.
Apart from that, certain pop-ups are not accessible, like the one you get when your request to go on stage to be able to speak gets accepted by the room moderators and you have to confirm it. However, this is not such a big issue, since this confirmation can also be done when you press the "Profile" button, or double-tap on your name in the participants list, and then in your profile screen press the "Accept speaking invitation" button.
The developers are rolling out updates almost every week and they have already demonstrated their efforts in making the app more accessible with every update. They have also expressed their commitment for future accessibility improvements in the townhall discussions that take place regularly on Sundays at 9 AM US Pacific time. You can submit a question for town hall here.
There is a club named "15%" which focuses on topics like disability, accessibility and inclusion. This club is in touch with the developers of the app and advocates better accessibility of the app . Also, this club hosts a regular room on Thursday which discusses accessibility hacks in Clubhouse, so that is a good place to learn tips and tricks and get accessibility related answers you have about the app.
If you have further questions or would like to send feature suggestions and other feedback, there is an official contact form just for that.
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I agree in general this is a good app for the blind and visually impaired. There are a couple unlabeled buttons as Adam lays out, including some in the onboarding screens, but it's not a major issue. I did miss being brought up to the front of a room, apparently, there is no VO notification unless you're really anticipating it and check for it, though I'm guessing that will get fixed soon. I think this would be a good place for, for example, support groups.
Right now almost everyone on there is a hustler in the thinkfluencer vein, and it's hard to find topics that aren't about tech (in a pretty narrow sense, I like many technology discussions in the real world). Some things this app might be good for:
- Support groups
- Cooperative coding sessions
- Skill-based discussion sessions (kind of like those Hadley puts on)
If people can wrangle an invite to the app, it would be great to coordinate some discussion. I'd be happy to do something on low vision support or getting started with programming as a blind or low vision person, though I suppose that's all dependent on how many of us can get on there. I've created an event for next Thursday (Adam I'd be happy to add you as a mod on this since you took the initiative here) at 3 pacific, 6 PM eastern, 11 PM GMT, in case people are on there and want to do some planning.
My username is @patricles. If you follow me with something related to being blind, VI, O&*M, or whatever, I'll follow you back.
thanks for your comment, but I don't feel like moderating such a discussion, mainly because English is not my native language and also because moderation using VoiceOver is not so easy. Moreover, my time is nine hours ahead of PST so the event will take place at midnight in my country.
I would like to also reply to your first point about notification when you are brought up on stage. Actually, there is a subtle sound when that happens. However, I agree the notification should be more evident.