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RE: EOWG teleconference 18 April 2008 - WAI-AGE materials

From: William Loughborough <love26@gorge.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2008 07:04:15 -0700
Message-ID: <92d709c5ed924ed2b4d3e0326680410d.love26@gorge.net>
To: w3c-wai-eo@w3.org, danbri@danbri.org
CC: danield@w3.org, ij@w3.org

In Andrew's magnum opus of looking into the literature on ageing there is an oft-held point of view 
that forms a basis that those of us still active in our 80s find persistent in the discussion about 
these matters: "This trend [the "greying" of humankind] will put tremendous pressure on society in 
terms of supporting the elderly population, and any means to assist them to continue contributing to 
and participating in society, and to “age in place”, needs to be adopted."

A slightly different persepective is that the "supporting" goes both ways and that just because 
we've coined the notion "retirement" does not reify itself: we also SUPPORT and not merely live out 
our alloted years.

In even more repressive times, we have been considered "useless eaters", all the while being mostly 
denied the "royalties" (if you will) of being the stood-upon shoulders of society's 
continuation/improvement.

There needs to be some give/take in the matter of just who is empowered to make decisiions about, in 
particular, what the Web evolves into. Once more we must sort of shout "Nothing About Us Without Us!"

Love.
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