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RE: Deborah Dahl to speak on task force work

From: Deborah Dahl <dahl@conversational-technologies.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:59:50 -0400
To: "'Rochford, John'" <john.rochford@umassmed.edu>, <public-cognitive-a11y-tf@w3.org>
Message-ID: <00f401d067d5$83cba240$8b62e6c0$@conversational-technologies.com>
Thanks a lot for these pointers. For the purposes of this short talk, I
think I could show the two ClearHelper screens very quickly and just point
out a few differences without going into any details. I think it would be
very easy for the audience to appreciate the difference. 

I like Lisa's idea of applying our techniques to a before and after
comparison of actual web pages. I'd be happy to help identify candidate web
pages for a makeover, but probably there should be someone with better web
development skills to actually create the revised web page. Actually, it
would be very interesting to see the result if anyone has a student who
could be given our techniques and asked to apply them to a specific web
page. 

 

 

From: Rochford, John [mailto:john.rochford@umassmed.edu] 
Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 4:40 PM
To: Deborah Dahl; public-cognitive-a11y-tf@w3.org
Subject: RE: Deborah Dahl to speak on task force work

 

Hi Debbie,

 

Here are two ideas relating to "web page makeover".

 

1)       Take a look at the Mencap website <https://www.mencap.org.uk/> ,
the accessibility of which is oriented to people with cognitive
disabilities. On the top, right of each page is an "Easy web" button that
presents simplified content for people with intellectual disabilities. That
content is presented multi-modally. Near the top of each page are three
tabs: "video, words, and links". The "words" tab content has simple language
and contextually-relevant imagery. For an example, see
http://mylife.mencap.org.uk/landing.asp?id=40
<http://mylife.mencap.org.uk/landing.asp?id=40&type=video> &type=video  

2)       In 2009, I created an experiment that essentially switches between
easy and standard versions of the same text content. My blog article
explaining it is at
https://clearhelper.wordpress.com/2009/12/26/switching-between-standard-plai
n-language-versions-1st-attempt/ . The experiment is still operational. If
you decide to use it, I could clean it up before you do. I have been waiting
for incentive to update that page/experiment anyway. Its plain, clumsy look
would be embarrassing if I could be embarrassed.

 

John

 

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UMass Medical School/E.K. Shriver Center
Director, INDEX Program
Instructor, Family Medicine & Community Health
www.DisabilityInfo.org
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-----Original Message-----
From: Deborah Dahl [mailto:dahl@conversational-technologies.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 3:36 PM
To: Rochford, John; public-cognitive-a11y-tf@w3.org
Subject: RE: Deborah Dahl to speak on task force work

 

Hi,

This should be a great chance to publicize the task force's work to an
audience of university-age developers. The talk's supposed to be only 20
minutes, so I think the goals would be primarily to raise awareness of the
problem, introduce the W3C's work in the area, and describe a few
techniques, for example from the WebAim page John posted earlier (
<http://wave.webaim.org/cognitive> http://wave.webaim.org/cognitive).

Since seeing is believing, it also occurred to me that it would be cool to
show an example of something like a "web page makeover" from a cognitively
inaccessible page to a more accessible page, does anyone know of any
examples like that?

 

Best,

Debbie

 

From: Rochford, John [ <mailto:john.rochford@umassmed.edu>
mailto:john.rochford@umassmed.edu]

Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 8:34 AM

To:  <mailto:public-cognitive-a11y-tf@w3.org>
public-cognitive-a11y-tf@w3.org

Subject: Deborah Dahl to speak on task force work

 

Hi All,

 

FYI, from the W3C Public Newsletter, 2015-03-23:

 

2015-04-14 (14 APR)

.     Web Accessibility for People with Cognitive Disabilities o  by Deborah
Dahl o  Philly Tech Week -- EvoHaX o  < <http://www.evohax.com/>
http://www.evohax.com/> o  Philadelphia, PA, USA Dr. Dahl will discuss
recent activities at the W3C aimed at improving web accessibility for people
with cognitive disabilities such as Down Syndrome, dementia, aphasia and
dyslexia.

 

John

 

John Rochford

UMass Medical School/E.K. Shriver Center Director, INDEX Program Instructor,
Family Medicine & Community Health  <http://www.DisabilityInfo.org>
www.DisabilityInfo.org

Twitter: @ClearHelper

 

 
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