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Re: accessibility supported questions

From: <Accessys@smart.net>
Date: Tue, 31 Mar 2009 14:01:17 -0500 (EST)
To: Gregg Vanderheiden <gv@trace.wisc.edu>
cc: Ramón Corominas <listas@ramoncorominas.com>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.58.0903311400220.21128@fzneg.arg>

no but you cannot require a person with a hearing aid to spend more
for a phone that will work with a hearing aid vs one that won't

Bob

On Tue, 31 Mar 2009, Gregg Vanderheiden wrote:

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> On Mar 31, 2009, at 8:57 AM, Accessys@smart.net wrote:
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> > the key part of at least USA law is that it cannot be considered
> > accessible or compliant if it requires a person with a disability to
> > have a specific piece of equipment or software that is not required of
> > everyone or is not provided free to everyone who needs it.
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> I'm not sure this is correct.
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> A cell phone is considered conforming to US access laws if (among
> other things) it works with hearing aids  - but hearing aids are not
> provided to everyone for free.
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> This is a huge problem though (access that requires software that
> everyone cannot afford).  We are launching an effort to address
> this.   More in a bit.
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> Gregg
> -----------------------
> Gregg Vanderheiden Ph.D.
> Director Trace R&D Center
> Professor Ind and Biomed Engr
> University of Wisconsin-Madison
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