Clubhouse: improved accessibility

iOS & iPadOS

I’m please to announce that clubhouse now has voiceover support. They’ve been super receptive to accessibility. I haven’t been able to try everything yet but the core functionality of the app fully supports voiceover. Big shout out to the devs.



Submitted by Oriol Gomez on Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Thanks so much for telling me about this. I had the app at one point but I uninstalled it because it was quite inaccessible. Glad to hear its being worked on!

Submitted by Patrick Smyth on Thursday, February 11, 2021

This is still closed to the public, correct?

Submitted by Derrick on Thursday, February 11, 2021

In reply to by Patrick Smyth

If you know some people that have it you can still get some one to invite you.7

Submitted by Dennis Long on Thursday, February 11, 2021

What is it? can I get an invite?

Submitted by Derrick on Thursday, February 11, 2021

In reply to by Dennis Long

It’s an audio only social media platform where people can set up private and public rooms to talk about pretty much anything. If you know somebody that may have it ask them if they’d send you an invite.

Submitted by Matthew Whitaker on Thursday, February 11, 2021

Wow! That was fast. I'm impressed. Can't wait to try it out. :-)

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Thursday, February 11, 2021

I'm not getting involved, and herre's why.

I'm glad I'm not involved with this.
@theDanielJLewis: Clubhouse is the latest social-media crush, but Clubhouse might be untrustworthy and keeping your contacts

Submitted by Deborah Armstrong on Monday, March 8, 2021

I have really enjoyed lurking in conversations connecting with others who share my interests and as far as my contacts go, there's nothing in there that's really private anyway. Mostly I have coworkers who are public employees with work phone numbers you can find online anyway.
But there are a few voiceOver glitches which actually have wider appeal than just the clubhouse app. For one thing, clubhouse has lots of trainings, and since it is audio only, the trainers explain what to tap on and how the screens are laid out. It all should be pretty accessible. Except the button labels don't correspond to what the trainers are telling us to tap. For example you're supposed to tap on the "calendar" icon. Well there's nothing labeled "calendar". There's a button labeled "bulletin" which is probably it, but there are other buttons as well.

For another example, we're often told to click on the gear icon or the three dots. I think we need some sort of translation -- possibly an applevis article that explains what sighted people commonly call icons as opposed to what voiceover calls them.

I'm not sure this is the fault of the developers -- it's more of a documentation thing. If in fact the button is typically referred to as a calendar, then it should be labeled so. If it is in fact called bulletin by the developers, then the trainers need to use the same terminology.

My other issue with Clubhouse is when you're reading a long list of rooms there is no heading navigation or easy way to skip all the photos of people "photo of john doe", "photo of jane smith", etc. in order to move forward to read the next event. It's very tedious.

Someone in a room I was just listening to said "blind people expect all accessibility bugs to be fixed immediately" and they are right; we can be more demanding rather than appreciative. And I do appreciate the work that went in to making Clubhouse accessible. I just whish there was an easy way to give them feedback like this, so these issues too could be on the to-do list for fixes!

Submitted by Matthew Whitaker on Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Hi. I recently learned that there's a new update for the app that improves accessibility with Voiceover... including making it easier to except invitations when in the room. :-)