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Call for Review: Accessibility Requirements for People with Low Vision

From: Denis Boudreau <dboudreau01@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2016 08:19:08 -0400
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Good morning,

A few proposals/comments about the first Public Working Draft of Accessibility Requirements for People with Low Vision document:


Section 2.2 Incidence - I wonder if it would be relevant to also add information about the ratio of people with low vision, as opposed to completely blind. I believe there is value in comparison, especially when it comes to advocacy, because we often have to debunk the myth that accessibility is for people who are blind. Demonstrating the ratio between low vision users ans blind users always has a lasting effect on the people I teach to. I also feel like that sentence is too long. If you agree, then I would recommend the following addition/changes:

"In a fact sheet on visual impairment and blindness [WHO-VI], the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there are 246 million people worldwide who have low vision and 39 million people are blind. This indicates that 86% of the people with visual impairments have low vision. This means there are roughly 6.31 times as many people who have low vision than people who are blind.”


Section 2.3 Cause and Progression of Low Vision - I’d like to reword differently:

"Most low vision conditions are caused by eye diseases and health conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetes. While some low vision conditions come from birth defects or injuries, an increasing number of such conditions are found in seniors, as eye diseases and health conditions become more prevalent as people get older."

More will follow, as I continue reading the document.



Denis Boudreau
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