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Re: Disability statistics

From: Vadim Plessky <lucy-ples@mtu-net.ru>
Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2001 23:05:16 +0000
Message-Id: <200112162003.fBGK37H20692@post.cnt.ru>
To: Demonpenta2@aol.com, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
On Sunday 16 December 2001 16:32, Demonpenta2@aol.com wrote:
|   In a message dated 12/16/01 8:33:24 AM Eastern Standard Time,
|   lucy-ples@mtu-net.ru writes:
|   > I also have concern that Deaf or Blind people just can't pay same money
|   > as Normal (people who can hear and see) people. Usually those people
|   > have no money to spend at all - as they live on governmental pension,
|   > which is quite
|   > small.
|   > So, it's some kind of people which you unlikely will have as customers.
|   > Why someone should spend money to please those people? There is no
|   > commercial
|   > reason for that. Only *moral*.
|          Vadim,
|                You bring up some very good points, thast I think may
|   unfortunately be only SLIGHTLY unique to Eastern Europe/Russia.

Not really.
yes, people here are rather poor, but much more reach than, say, in Africa.
I know that it's now not very popular nowdays to speak about Arabian world 
and muslims - but there are over 1 billion people living there...
Plus, India with 700 mil. people (most of them - very poor) and China (over 1 
So I would say situation in _US_ is _SIGNIFICANTLY_ different from other 

|                One of the things we seem to forget here is a characteristic
| of the market, one that DEFINES it in business: The disabled are usually
| incredibly poor. In the US, saying that most people with disabilities
| (under 65) survive basically because of SSI (For the jobs most people with
| disabilities can get, the salary scale is not exactly high, assuming they
| can get a job, ADA be damned.) with minimal income beyond that.

very well said.
I can only add that I have seen how *poor* pensioneers (old people) in 
Bulgaria - small country which has borders with Turkey, Romania, Yugoslavia, 
Greece and Macedonia. I was working there for more than one year, and I know 
what I am speaking about.
Many old people there just can't pay for _heating_ in winter time, and they 
can afford to buy for food just bread and potatoes.
So, when you speak about web accessibility for people with disabilities - I 
just recall those people (without disabilities) and understand that they do 
not have computer or internet at all. If they have food today - they just try 
do not think about tomorrow. And they are dieing every day, just because of 
these poor living conditions.
|          John


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