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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is making her great Instagram even more accessible

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The soon-to-be Congresswoman is upping her social media game by making it more accessible.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the future Democratic congressional representative from New York’s 14th district, is geeking out during her freshman orientation on the Hill. And she’s making sure that all of her constituents know about it.

Ocasio-Cortez has been posting fun, inspiring Instagram stories all week: photos of her in front of a portrait of Shirley Chisolm, the first Black woman to be elected to Congress; a video of her protesting outside Nancy Pelosi’s office; and video of Ocasio-Cortez unpacking her new member tote bag.

But the most interesting part of her social media strategy so far is her commitment to making it accessible to all of her followers and constituents.

On Friday, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “Advocates for the deaf community hit me up to connect me with tools (i.e. Clipomatic) to better serve all of us. Thanks to them, I now caption all my IG stories so our deaf brothers and sisters can follow along too.”

Ocasio-Cortez is already opening up the inner workings of Congress to her social media followers and constituents in an unprecedented fashion. But sure her social media presence is accessible to Deaf and hard of hearing constituents is earning her big plaudits online.

https://twitter.com/thesillysully/status/1063478898095083520

As some users point out, the captions aren’t just helpful for the Deaf and hard of hearing; they’re great for those who don’t speak English fluently or new parents who want to keep up with the news but don’t want to wake up their kids.

Others had helpful suggestions for better accessibility.

Ocasio-Cortez, along with Abby Finkenauer of Iowa, is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. She is also one of over 100 women elected to national office during the midterms, and part of the most diverse freshman class of Congressional representatives ever elected.

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Ellen Ioanes

Ellen Ioanes

Ellen Ioanes is the FOIA reporter at the Daily Dot, where she covers U.S. politics. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, and her work has appeared in the Guardian, the Center for Public Integrity, HuffPost India, and more.