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RE: Undue Burden and AOL

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-hwg@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 1999 19:05:05 -0800
Message-Id: <4.2.0.58.19991127190347.00bbbce0@mail.idyllmtn.com>
To: "Leonard R. Kasday" <kasday@ACM.org>
Cc: jeffrey pledger <jpledger@mindspring.com>, "Waddell, Cynthia" <cynthia.waddell@ci.sj.ca.us>, David Poehlman <poehlman@clark.net>, Claude Sweet <sweetent@home.com>, WAI Interest Group Emailing List <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
At 07:05 PM 11/27/1999 , Leonard R. Kasday wrote:
>Actually,   I wasn't making any assumptions about the number of Deaf or hard of hearing users on the internet, although I was responding to someone who said that it was "perhaps 1%".   (It can be tricky counting the greaterthan signs to figure out who said what).   You're no doubt right that 1% is an underestimate though: e.g. according to the 1992 census
>http://codi.buffalo.edu/graph_based/.demographics/.awd/AWD/AWD.html
>5.6% of the population 15 and older has difficulty "hearing normal conversation".

That was me, but my point was not to play numbers games -- my argument
wouldn't have changed if I'd bothered to look up the numbers and filled
in "5.6" where I wrote "1" before.  As Len says:

>But the main point is that even if the number had been as small as 1%, businesses would be obligated to accommodate them under ADA unless it was an "undue burden".


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Kynn Bartlett                                    mailto:kynn@hwg.org
President, HTML Writers Guild                    http://www.hwg.org/
AWARE Center Director                          http://aware.hwg.org/
Received on Saturday, 27 November 1999 22:10:23 GMT

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