As researchers encourage teachers to bring fanfiction into classrooms, questions remain about whether online fanfiction communities are accessible to all students. This paper presents results from a practitioner-oriented usability inspection of FanFiction.net, investigating challenges students with disabilities might encounter as they participate. Operating this website with screen reader assistive technology reveals navigation, social connection, and reading barriers users may face when trying to engage in typical fanfiction practices. This study offers implications for media literacy educators to consider as they work to bring online media into classrooms without further marginalizing students with disabilities.
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Lammers, J. C., & Palumbo, N. P. (2017). Barriers to Fanfiction Access: Results from a Usability Inspection of Fanfiction.net. Journal of Media Literacy Education, 9(2), 76-90. https://doi.org/10.23860/JMLE-2019-09-02-06