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RE: Deborah Dahl to speak on task force work

From: Rochford, John <john.rochford@umassmed.edu>
Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2015 20:39:33 +0000
To: Deborah Dahl <dahl@conversational-technologies.com>, "public-cognitive-a11y-tf@w3.org" <public-cognitive-a11y-tf@w3.org>
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Hi Debbie,

Here are two ideas relating to "web page makeover".

1)       Take a look at the Mencap website<https://www.mencap.org.uk/>, the accessibility of which is oriented to people with cognitive disabilities. On the top, right of each page is an "Easy web" button that presents simplified content for people with intellectual disabilities. That content is presented multi-modally. Near the top of each page are three tabs: "video, words, and links". The "words" tab content has simple language and contextually-relevant imagery. For an example, see http://mylife.mencap.org.uk/landing.asp?id=40&type=video

2)       In 2009, I created an experiment that essentially switches between easy and standard versions of the same text content. My blog article explaining it is at https://clearhelper.wordpress.com/2009/12/26/switching-between-standard-plain-language-versions-1st-attempt/ . The experiment is still operational. If you decide to use it, I could clean it up before you do. I have been waiting for incentive to update that page/experiment anyway. Its plain, clumsy look would be embarrassing if I could be embarrassed.


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From: Deborah Dahl [mailto:dahl@conversational-technologies.com]
Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 3:36 PM
To: Rochford, John; public-cognitive-a11y-tf@w3.org
Subject: RE: Deborah Dahl to speak on task force work


This should be a great chance to publicize the task force's work to an audience of university-age developers. The talk's supposed to be only 20 minutes, so I think the goals would be primarily to raise awareness of the problem, introduce the W3C's work in the area, and describe a few techniques, for example from the WebAim page John posted earlier (http://wave.webaim.org/cognitive).

Since seeing is believing, it also occurred to me that it would be cool to show an example of something like a "web page makeover" from a cognitively inaccessible page to a more accessible page, does anyone know of any examples like that?



From: Rochford, John [mailto:john.rochford@umassmed.edu]

Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 8:34 AM

To: public-cognitive-a11y-tf@w3.org<mailto:public-cognitive-a11y-tf@w3.org>

Subject: Deborah Dahl to speak on task force work

Hi All,

FYI, from the W3C Public Newsletter, 2015-03-23:

2015-04-14 (14 APR)

*     Web Accessibility for People with Cognitive Disabilities o  by Deborah Dahl o  Philly Tech Week -- EvoHaX o  <http://www.evohax.com/> o  Philadelphia, PA, USA Dr. Dahl will discuss recent activities at the W3C aimed at improving web accessibility for people with cognitive disabilities such as Down Syndrome, dementia, aphasia and dyslexia.


John Rochford

UMass Medical School/E.K. Shriver Center Director, INDEX Program Instructor, Family Medicine & Community Health www.DisabilityInfo.org<http://www.DisabilityInfo.org>

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