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Re: People with cognitive disabilities as a group

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2002 08:16:55 -0500 (EST)
To: <goliver@accease.com>
cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0202260755060.15016-100000@tux.w3.org>

As a group, people with cognitive disabilities are diverse - more so than
people with Visual disabilities (who are a diverse group) and more like
people with motor disabilities (who are a very diverse group).

I think that trying to find a single solution that suits all of these people
really involves finding multiple solutions that each provide for some
specific problems, and then unifying these solutions (which includes working
out how to deal with cases where there are apparently conflicting needs - for
example some people need not to rely on images, others need not to rely on
text. HTML provides for this to some extent with its ability to include both
images and text as equivalent forms of the same information).



On Tue, 26 Feb 2002 goliver@accease.com wrote:

  Floating this on the ig group first......
  I am concerned that the group of people with 'cognitive
  disabilities' is too heterogeneous for us to *most
  effectively* work to provide suitable accessibility
  guidelines that will be beneficial for this group.
  Would it be better for us to break down this group into
  smaller sub-groups?
  Any thoughts?

  Cheers Graham

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