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RE: Report on WCAG2 comments relating to cognitive, learning, and language disabilities

From: lisa <lisa@ubaccess.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 10:55:41 +0200
To: 'David MacDonald' <befree@magma.ca>, "'Bailey, Bruce'" <Bruce.Bailey@ed.gov>, "'j.chetwynd'" <j.chetwynd@btinternet.com>
Cc: 'Loretta Guarino Reid' <lorettaguarino@google.com>, 'Sofia Celic' <Sofia.Celic@visionaustralia.org>, 'Jan Dekelver' <jan.dekelver@khk.be>, 'Chuck Hitchcock' <chitchcock@cast.org>, 'Hiroshi Kawamura' <hkawa@rehab.go.jp>, 'Gez Lemon' <gez.lemon@gmail.com>, 'Clayton Lewis' <clayton.lewis@colorado.edu>, 'Gian Sampson-Wild' <gian@tkh.com.au>, 'Keith Smith' <k.smith@bild.org.uk>, 'Roberto Scano' <rscano@iwa-italy.org>, 'Stephen Shore' <Tumbalaika@aol.com>, 'Nancy Ward' <nward@thedesk.info>, 'Paul Bowman' <pbowman@gmu.edu>, 'John Slatin' <jslatin@mail.utexas.edu>, 'Elbert Johns' <ejohns@thearclink.org>, 'Gregg Vanderheiden' <gv@trace.wisc.edu>, 'Michael Cooper' <cooper@w3.org>, 'Judy Brewer' <jbrewer@w3.org>, 'WCAG' <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
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Hi David

This discussion has proved my point. That it is not a lack of research that
is the primary problem for accessibility for cognitive disabilities, but
other factors - such as adoptability, interest "appropriateness" etc..

It is essential that people do not think that following WCAG is the best
they can do for these communities.

Look  at the work of WAACI  and http://www.handicom.nl/  and
http://peepo.com/  and ld-web.org. That will help you get an idea of what is
doable - today. 

 WCAG does not contain guidelines that will help you achieve this type of
accessibility.

In terms of commercial websites that have adopted symbolic based
accessibility - no I do not know of any. There is no legislation to drive
them, and the discrimination against these groups are huge.

BY the way, the 2001 email was just a sample. I spent years writing and
writing test criteria's and guidelines for accessibility for cognitive
disabilities. I wrote a CSS techniques, and an RDF techniques document and
rewrote the success criteria a bunch of times. We need to view the archives
to glean the different approaches and suggestions from over the years,
Research existing successes and methodologies, perform a gap analysis
etc.....

A few sticky plasters is not what is needed. We as standard writers know
that. We need a consistent integrated roadmap for access for cognitive
disabilities. We have had years to do it but we decided to make it low
priority, and these techniques came of the to do list until after last call.
We can not now claim that we did the best we could.

All the best
Lisa


 

-----Original Message-----
From: David MacDonald [mailto:befree@magma.ca] 
Sent: Tuesday, March 13, 2007 6:04 PM
To: 'Bailey, Bruce'; 'lisa'; 'j.chetwynd'
Cc: 'Loretta Guarino Reid'; 'Sofia Celic'; 'Jan Dekelver'; 'Chuck
Hitchcock'; 'Hiroshi Kawamura'; 'Gez Lemon'; 'Clayton Lewis'; 'Gian
Sampson-Wild'; 'Keith Smith'; 'Roberto Scano'; 'Stephen Shore'; 'Nancy
Ward'; 'Paul Bowman'; 'John Slatin'; 'Elbert Johns'; 'Gregg Vanderheiden';
'Michael Cooper'; 'Judy Brewer'; 'WCAG'
Subject: RE: Report on WCAG2 comments relating to cognitive, learning, and
language disabilities

>>>For an example of a government site that is oriented towards people 
>>>with
cognitive disabilities:The Medicaid Reference Desk http://thedesk.info/ 

A prime feature for a cognitive person would be to be able to ask a
question, I would say. But the link to the "ask question" page gives a 404
link error. And it appears to have been like that since 2002. 

On the home page, the additional info summaries above the link list do not
work for keyboard users, only for mouse users. 

Any page that is accessed from the home page comes up in a tiny window with
all the Chrome from the browser. A cognitive person can't find the back
button. Having the opened window tiny like that means that there are other
visible windows on the computer screen, which would be confusing for many
people with cognitive disabilities.  

David MacDonald

access empowers people...
        ...barriers disable them...
 
www.eramp.com 

-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org] On Behalf
Of Bailey, Bruce
Sent: Tuesday, March 13, 2007 10:56 AM
To: David MacDonald; lisa; j.chetwynd
Cc: Loretta Guarino Reid; Sofia Celic; Jan Dekelver; Chuck Hitchcock;
Hiroshi Kawamura; Gez Lemon; Clayton Lewis; Gian Sampson-Wild; Keith Smith;
Roberto Scano; Stephen Shore; Nancy Ward; Paul Bowman; John Slatin; Elbert
Johns; Gregg Vanderheiden; Michael Cooper; Judy Brewer; WCAG
Subject: RE: Report on WCAG2 comments relating to cognitive, learning, and
language disabilities


For an example of a government site that is oriented towards people with
cognitive disabilities:
The Medicaid Reference Desk
http://thedesk.info/

Nancy Ward and Clayton Lewis have been particularly involved with that
project.  I did not find concept maps however.

The claim to Triple A status (with a link to CAST no less) is troubling.

P.S.:  Follows is a link to the HTML version of the PDF mentioned in Lisa's
post from 2001.
Telecommunications Problems and Design Strategies for People with Cognitive
Disabilities http://www.wid.org/archives/telecom/


> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org
> [mailto:w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org]On Behalf Of David MacDonald
> Sent: Tuesday, March 13, 2007 10:23 AM
> To: 'lisa'; '"~:'' ????????????"'
> Cc: 'Loretta Guarino Reid'; 'Sofia Celic'; 'Jan Dekelver'; 'Chuck 
> Hitchcock'; 'Hiroshi Kawamura'; 'Gez Lemon'; 'Clayton Lewis'; 'Gian 
> Sampson-Wild'; 'Keith Smith'; 'Roberto Scano'; 'Stephen Shore'; 'Nancy 
> Ward'; 'Paul Bowman'; 'John Slatin'; 'Elbert Johns'; 'Gregg 
> Vanderheiden'; 'Michael Cooper'; 'Judy Brewer'; 'WCAG'
> Subject: RE: Report on WCAG2 comments relating to cognitive, learning, 
> and language disabilities
> 
> Hi Lisa
> 
> Can you provide a link to a successfully implemented concept map on a 
> commercial (or private site)? I would like to see one in use. Thanks.

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