Challenges of a Disabled Writer Part Two: Amazed and Disgusted With WordPress! Disabled Writers and Readers Time To Sound Off!

Good morning campbellsworld visitors and disabled writers everywhere.
As many who follow me know I had some issue with WordPress earlier in the week.
One thing led to another and a lot of us had some great conversation and my post, Challenges of a Disabled Writer was shared and reshared.
I’m very grateful for this and am pleased to see that much awareness was raised by that happening.
This early morning I got a reply from WordPress.
I have copied the reply and my reply back.
Disgusted doesn’t quite qualify how I feel about it all.
Disappointed doesn’t do it justice either.
WordPress I’ll kindly thank you to get your head out of your tail and get with the program please?
I have a goodly following and I’d hate to have to try and rebuild that somewhere else, but blind as well as other disabled writers seem to be having huge success with and if things don’t start improving round here I may just do a trial run there to see how it is.
If it is as easy to blog as it is to comment and get round on my friends’ sites I may just be moving.
I’d rather not do that.
Anyhow, I’d ask everyone read and share this post.
Thanks in advance and blessid be.

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Kristen S (Automattic)
May 26, 05:46 UTC
I use the PressThis button all day long every-day for my work. A large part of what I do depends upon my being able to share other’s blogs. The Reblog button has never worked for me, so the PressThis button has been absolutely one-hundred percent necessary. Now I no longer can see the publish button when trying to share another’s posts. This has to say the least upset me. I make my living on promoting other’s work. My clients major way of promoting their work is on this site. Now we can no longer use this and we’d bloody well like it fixed. It shows up as an unlabeled button unless I’m on my phone and I do not wish to do my work on the phone thanks. We’re sick and tired of feeling like an afterthought. Please get back to me at your earliest convience. I am losing money every hour I cannot work.
Hey there,
Is this for the site
What is the web browser that you’re using?
I tested this on my computer while logged in to your site in the Firefox browser and it seemed fine. The Publish button was blue as expected. Here is a screenshot:
Screen Shot
I did not Publish anything, but just to be sure I saved it as a draft, and it was successful.
If you are still having this issue please send a screenshot of it. Thanks!
Kind Regards,
Kristen S | Happiness Engineer

This email is a service from Automattic.


First thanks for replying.
Second why in hell would you send a blind person a screenshot?
You a tech person ought to know that a totally blind person cannot read a screenshot with either screen reader or voice over.
I am extremely disappointed.
Thanks to some blind wordpress users I’ve resolved the issue.
I’m amazed at the lack of knowledge you people have.
here is something I totally wish you’d read and consider when updating your blasted site.
You should know this has been shared and reshared multiple times and something like 20 comments from all types of disabled writers have been made.
You all would do well to get into the loop because we disabled writers are getting totally tired of being left behind.


About Patty L. Fletcher

About Patty October 2021 Patty and her guide dog Blue. Patty has her hair tied back in a low ponytail and rests her right hand on Blue's head. She wears a white shirt with a pink and purple butterfly on the front and light blue shorts. Blue is a handsome black lab. He wears a brown leather harness with a handle attached to the back and is smiling at the camera as he sits in front of Patty. In the background is a brick building with white, windowed doors and a flowerpot overflowing with pink and yellow blooms. Updated – October 2021 Patty Fletcher is a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom she is enormously proud. She has a great son-in-law and six beautiful grandchildren. From April 2011 through September 2020, she owned and handled a black Labrador from The Seeing Eye® named King Campbell Lee Fletcher A.K.A. Bubba. Sadly, after a long battle with illness on September 24, 2020, King Campbell went to the Rainbow Bridge where all is peace and love. In July 2021, she returned to The Seeing Eye® and was paired with a Black Labrador Golden Retriever cross named Blue. PATTY’S BLINDNESS… Patty was born one and a half months premature. Her blindness was caused by her being given too much oxygen in the incubator. She was partially sighted until 1991, at which time she lost her sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. She used a cane for 31 years before making the change to a guide dog. WHERE SHE LIVES AND WORKS… Currently, Patty lives and works in Kingsport, Tenn. She’s the creator and owner of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist), The Writer’s Grapevine Online Magazine and the creator and host of the Talk to Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing Podcast. WRITING GOAL… Patty writes with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disabled from the non-disabled. HOBBIES… Patty’s hobbies include reading, music, and attending book clubs via Zoom. FAVORITE TUNES… Some of her favorite types of tunes are classic rock, rhythm and blues, and classic country. FAVORITE READS… Patty enjoys fantasy, science fiction, and books about the supernatural. She loves books by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Norah Roberts, and many more. Some favorite books include Norah Roberts’ Hide Away, Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series. SPIRITUAL FAITH… Patty describes herself as a spiritual Walker. She says she knows both Mother Goddess and Father God and embraces all they have to offer. CONTACT… Email: Visit: And: As well as:
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4 Responses to Challenges of a Disabled Writer Part Two: Amazed and Disgusted With WordPress! Disabled Writers and Readers Time To Sound Off!

  1. Hey Patty,

    I understand that you are having problems with WordPress. I use IE, and I’v had to figure things out, but I’ve been sharing your posts, reblogging others posts and publishing my own with little or no problem for a while now.

    I don’t know if things are different for free bloggers, or paid domain owners, but Here’s what I do. Say I find a post that you’ve pressed in my email. I follow the link on your post, I read the post, I press Incert f7 for the links list and press P until I find the ‘press this” button. If I don’t find this button, I press R to find “reblog”. I’ll explain how to complete both forms of sharing posts in the next couple of paragraphs.

    Press this. Okay, let’s say I want to press the current post, for which I am replying with a comment. When I get the email with the post inside, I follow the linked post title. I read the post, or if I already have, I find the “press this” link, and press enter on it. The title and linked text are already incerted, all I have to do at that point, is find the text incerted into the rich text edit field, press enter and leave my thoughts. Now, it’s time to choose or add categories and tags to your post. Let’s say you have a few categories you can choose from on your blog or website. Press the x button to find the first check box. Keep pressing x until you find the category you want, or if you want to add a category, press enter on the add new category button. Once that’s done, press the letter E for your edit box that allows you to add tags. Type your tags in the edit box with a comma separating them. Now read this part carefully, because I have made this mistake several times. If you press the up arrow, JAWS will sometimes lose the page you’re on, and will take you to a page that says “edit post”, and at that point you have to go back and find the draft and choose categories and tags all over again. In that case, I recommend pressing excape to get out of the edit box. Once you’ve added tags, press control home to get to the top of the page and press B until you hear “publish button”. For those of you using a Braille display, you’ll see ‘publish btn” in Braille. Press either enter or space. Wait a few seconds, arrow around a bit until you see the ‘update Button”. That’s when you know your post has been published, at which point you can move on to something else.

    Reblogging is a bit tricky, but it is doable. Find the post you want to share. Press incert f7 to open up the links list. Press r to find “reblog” press enter. Now here’s the tricky part, but like I said, you can do this. You have to press b to find the “reblog post” button, which orients you to where you need to be. Press shift tab, past the “cancel” link, until you find the edit field where you can add your own comments, type in what you want to say, tab back down to the “reblog post” button, press enter on that and your done. Please note that JAWS won’t read these elements automatically, so that may be why you think you’re having trouble sharing your posts. You have to search for these fields as I have described above.

    I hope this has settled any frustrations you and your readers have about WordPress, and I hope you choose to stay, Patty. These tasks are easy if you have JAWS, but if you are using either NVDA or System Access, this can be frustrating at best. I hope this helps, and if you need me to walk you through it again, I’ll be happy to do so.

    Happy reading, writing, blogging and God bless you all.


    • Patty says:

      This comment is full of strange symbles.

      I will go to the site and read all this.

      Something changed drastically with the last update.

      I’ve gotten some responses from them and am having conversation about a few other things too.

      I thank you muchly and will get back to you.


      • I didn’t know about the update, but even so, I’ve still been able to post to WordPress.


      • Patty says:

        Well, who knows?

        As I wrote in a later post,

        Dear WordPress I am not the only one having issues, and they’ve been planning this new editor update for months now, it’s been talked about largely.

        I shared that and wrote to them about my concerns.

        Both blind and sighted users have reported problems.

        I am not sure if it is related to that issue or a Windows 10 update or a bit of both.

        This comment was readable however so that’s at least an improvement.

        Everyone uses different software, different IE versions etc.

        So, who knows exactly what it is.

        I did not say I could not post.

        I said I was having trouble using things in the ways in which I did and that during usage of the PressThis button for a couple days the publish button totally disappeared.

        It popped up as an unlabeled button and my editor publisher had issue too.

        She is fully sighted and does not use a screen reader.

        Another person reported they could no longer reply to email comments, and another still reported that they had trouble replying when on the site.

        I addressed all this in a later post.

        I have also written of challenges in an earlier post.


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