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RE: Accessibility for Deaf

From: Cynthia Waddell <cynthia.waddell@icdri.org>
Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2005 08:24:18 -0700
To: "Joe Clark" <joeclark@joeclark.org>, "WAI-IG" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <NBECLDKOGKHEKBAEEANNMEMDEDAA.cynthia.waddell@icdri.org>

Joe,
You are mistaken.  In my situation, I am oral -  so your assumption as to
the use of the term "mute" is incorrect.

And yes, I am still working in the accessibility world.  I am scheduled to
speak in Tunis at an event during the World Summit on Information Society.
Will you be there?

Sincerely,
Cynthia Waddell

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International Center for Disability Resources
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-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On
Behalf Of Joe Clark
Sent: Thursday, October 06, 2005 9:15 PM
To: WAI-IG
Subject: RE: Accessibility for Deaf



>From: Cynthia Waddell <[15]cynthia.waddell@icdri.org>

Cynthia Waddell still works in our industry?

>Let's drop the "deaf/dumb" description in the subject header. This
>is offensive to my community and harks back to those days when the
>general population thought that we were dumb simply because we had a
>hearing loss.

No, they thought you were *mute*, which is what "dumb" means in this
sense and is untrue for many deaf people. The fact that it also means
"stupid" is merely a second reason not to use it.

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