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Re: Higher Profile for Non-Blind Disabled Users

From: Anne Pemberton <apembert@erols.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2001 06:47:02 -0400
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To: "Matt May" <mcmay@yahoo.com>, <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>, "Kynn Bartlett" <kynn@reef.com>
At 07:29 PM 8/21/01 -0700, Matt May wrote:
>- The progression of web development has meant text before sound, and as a
>result hearing-impaired users are impacted less often;
>- Motor-related disabilities are generally more extensively supported by
>assistive technologies than by content modification;
>- Cognitive disabilities are nearly impossible to articulate in the time
>necessary to "sell" accessibility;
>- Disabilities not related to vision and hearing in particular are not
>understood, and therefore, it is difficult to prove value to an otherwise
>uninterested party.

Matt, the W3C has had the issue of cognitive disabilities before them for 
two years. Probably longer, but I've been here two years. Progress has been 
impeded by the number of new members who had difficulty accepting that the 
need was addressable. The most obvious and simple solution - to provide 
images/graphics/pictures/illustrations has been ridiculed.

Really, I don't think that "understanding" the other disabilities is much 
of an excuse. Understanding those disabilities and the needs and obstacles 
they face should be the responsibility of everyone working on these issues.


Anne Pemberton

Received on Wednesday, 22 August 2001 06:50:55 UTC

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