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Re: Guild of Accessible Web Designers starts membership drive

From: Kerstin Goldsmith <kerstin.goldsmith@oracle.com>
Date: Thu, 04 Dec 2003 14:03:22 -0800
Message-ID: <3FCFAF2A.5090603@oracle.com>
To: Access Systems <accessys@smart.net>
Cc: John Colby <John.Colby@uce.ac.uk>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org, "George Hackman, Jr." <george.hackman@oracle.com>
My understanding is that terms like "Universal Design," "Universal 
Access," "Access for All," and "Barrier Free" can all be used 
synonomously with "Accessibility for people's with Disabilities."  
Unfortunately, they can also be used to mean different things.  In Hong 
Kong, for example, "Barrier Free" and "Access for All" refer NOT to 
Accessibility for People with Disabilities - they refer to an effort to 
get all economic classes of people, and differently-educated people into 
the world of Technology - in other words, these phrases are being used 
for "The Technological Divide."  "Universal Design," from a Usability 
worldview, is probably more of a superset that includes usability for 
people's with disabilities, but is not restricted to those users. 

George - anything you can add?

-Kerstin

Access Systems wrote:

>On Mon, 1 Dec 2003, John Colby wrote:
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>interestingly all of my mail concernig the "guild" is being intercepted by
>my firewall,  hopefully I have this corrected
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>>	On Mon, 1 Dec 2003, John Colby wrote:
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>>	the term gaining acceptance in some areas is
>>	"Universal Design"
>>	kind of inclusive without making it appear "handicapped" oriented
>>	Bob
>>	
>>	Which areas, Bob?
>>    
>>
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>NorthEastern part of USA that I'm aware of, have heard it used elsewhere
>
>Bob 
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