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Re: Is the WAI site accessible to those with special educational needs?

From: Graham Oliver <graham_oliver@yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 5 May 2001 03:36:44 +0100 (BST)
Message-ID: <20010505023644.49767.qmail@web10006.mail.yahoo.com>
To: Jonathan Chetwynd <j.chetwynd@btinternet.com>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
I agree Jonathan
Its about accessibility of content, right?

My hunch on this one is that this issue hinges around
some questions that are difficult to address and so
tend to get pushed to one side.

I would like to take the risk and float a few here.

*Segmentation of Target Audience*
Does a sites content work for

People with Dyslexia
People with Other Learning Disabilities
People with Cognitive Disabilities
People with Head Injuries
People who are pre-lingually deaf
People who don't normally use the language of the site
People that don't fall into the above groups

Of course there are many different ways of segmenting
the target audience.

*Exclusion of one or more Target Audiences*
If a sites content is not designed for everyone, and
lets face it that probably includes just about every
site on the planet, who is being excluded?
I accept that it is easier to not address this
question and just exclude by ommission rather than
commission, but isn't that exactly the kind of issue
that we are trying *not* to do with the accessibility

*Do we know how to prepare content for the different
target audiences?*
I don't think so, its a highly specialised field I

*Are we prepared to face up to the fact that if we do
attempt to include more people in presenting our
information then this will involve 'modified
presentation' and not simply 'plain language' and thus
probably / possibly more cost?*
This is the question that I believe arises if we are
honest about the requirement to serve different groups
of people.
I know that Kynn has touched on this in the past.
If we do face up to the issues and don't ignore them
then we may get some interesting and exciting

Graham Oliver

--- Jonathan Chetwynd <j.chetwynd@btinternet.com>
wrote: > Today the Times Educational Supplement
carried an
> article from the US
> entitled "School pays blind boy to stay away"
> It states that:
> 6,000,000 students nationwide(11 percent of six to
> 17-year-olds in state(aka
> public) schools) are in special education
> programmes, and in New York city
> alone,special education consumes a quarter of the
> city's school budget.
> I realise this is out of context, however we can be
> fairly certain that
> other countries have a similar problem and may not
> have similar resources.
> We need to ensure that the wai message is understood
> by all, not just the
> most able.
> jonathan chetwynd
> IT teacher (LD)
> j.chetwynd@btinternet.com
> http://www.signbrowser.org.uk

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