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Re: A Fresh Look at Accommodating Cognitive Disabilities

From: Anne Pemberton <apembert@crosslink.net>
Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2000 08:29:40 -0400
Message-Id: <3.0.5.32.20000429082940.007d29c0@apembert.pop.crosslink.net>
To: Greg Gay <g.gay@utoronto.ca>, w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Greg,

	I appreciate your explanation of "adaptive behavior", since I was unsure
what you meant, and I agree enthusiastically that alternative/multiple
formats are going to be most effective in accommodating those with the wide
range of disabilities associated with LD and CD. Those alternative/multiple
format must include standard needs of those with LD/CD, for adequate or
better illustration I've previously suggested that guideline one specify
that graphics be required as an alternate to text. I'd like to see a
minimum requirement of one illustration be included on a page and that
illustration should be placed so that it is seen when the user first opens
the page. It's only a start of what needs to be addressed regarding
inclusion of graphics so they can aide comprehension of text. 

>I can't find who said it, but someone earlier ask if web designers were in
effect
>developing the adaptive technology themselves to accomodate those with
cognitive
>disabilities. I think that this may be the case, though attention to
accommodations
>for those with cognitive disabilities also make sites more usable for
those without
>such
>a disability.

If web designers are already accommodating the cognitively disabled, why is
it that so many pages that are designed to be accommodative according to
the guidelines are too frequently devoid of graphics, color, and boxed
text/tables, the very structures that those with LD/CD must depend on if
their behavior is to be adaptive? The guidelines as they are currently
presented, discourage use of the very tools that these people need to use. 

Regarding TTS, as long as it doesn't properly render boxed text/tables,
doesn't allow visual access to graphics/text while the text is read, and
remains too hard for folks with normal hearing to understand, it shouldn't
be considered a significant accommodation for LD/CD folks. Citing TTS
suggests the problem has been solved, when in fact it does no such thing. 

						Anne


Anne L. Pemberton
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