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The GAAD Pledge - March Accessibility Issues Update

· 3 min read
Alexandra Marlette

It has been four weeks since we reached out to the Github community with a thoroughly reviewed gap analysis and list of issues to improve React Native's accessibility. With the help of the React Native community, we are already making great progress on improving accessibility. Community members have been helping contributors, reviewing tests, and bringing attention to prior accessibility issues. Since March 8th the community has closed six issues with four pull requests and seven other pull requests are in the pipeline for review.

While this work continues, the React Native and Accessibility teams at Facebook are evaluating accessibility bugs and issues that were submitted prior to this initiative, to determine if they are already covered by our current gap analysis or if there are additional issues that need to be brought into the project. One new issue has already been discovered and moved into the project, four others directly mapped to existing issues and two others are expected to be closed by addressing existing issues that address the root cause of their issue.

Thank you to all the community members who have participated. You are truly moving the needle in making React Native more accessible for everyone!

Closed Pull Requests 🎉#

Fixes#

  • Button component (fixed by #31001):

    • Now announces when it is disabled

    • Disables click functionality for screen readers when the button is disabled

    • Announces the selected state of the button

  • TextInput component (fixed by #31144):

    • Announces "selected" when the "selected" accessibilityState is set to true and the element is focused
  • TouchableHighlight component (fixed by #31135):

    • Disables click functionality for screen readers when the component is disabled
  • TouchableNativeFeedback component (fixed by #31224):

    • Disables click functionality for screen readers when the component is disabled

Other Progress#

StatusNumber of Issues
Issues To Do53
In Progress Issues by the Community8
In Progress Issues by React Native Team5
Pull Request in Progress3
Pull Request in Reviews4

Get involved!#

  • New contributors should read the contribution guide and browse the list of 37 good first issues in the React Native Github.

  • Contributors interested in issues requiring a bit more effort should visit the project page for Improved React Native Accessibility to see the Github issues that need their knowledge of React Native.

  • Technical writers interested in updating React Native's documentation to reflect the accessibility gaps being closed should visit the React Native Docs.

  • Share this initiative with anyone who may be able to help!

  • Follow the GAAD Pledge Open Source Accessibility Community Manager for React Native on Twitter or Facebook to keep up to date on progress.