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Re: Respect - was Re: The two models of accessibility

From: phoenixl <phoenixl@sonic.net>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2003 23:19:52 -0800
Message-Id: <200304040719.h347Jqbd022930@bolt.sonic.net>
To: goliver@accease.com, Larry.G.Hull@nasa.gov, phoenixl@sonic.net
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Hi, Graham

I think that part of the reason that it might be disrespectful to ask
paraplegics to climb stairs is because of the additional burden of
effort.  I wonder if there would be a different view if the human body
had some ability such that crawling up stairs was as easy as walking
without any additional effort.

Looking at the issue of entrances, I think there is a difference between
a separate entrance behind a building which is reached via alley and
a different entrace in front.  For example, revolving doors are not accessible
to people in wheelchairs.  However, I believe that it is acceptable for a
second type of entrance which is more wheelchair-friendly be to provided
if it is very near the revolving doors.  Such entrances are also more
stroller-friendly.  People can choose the type of door which best fits
their needs.

What definition do you use for a web site to be easy to use?


> Scott
> It's interesting that when I read the original post about stairs I initially 
> considered that the reason that the stairs were not accesible was that it is 
> disrespectful to ask someone to crawl up stairs.
> I didn't consider the amount of effort at all.
> My understanding is that there is a considerable body of opinion in the world 
> of 'physical accessibility' that the 'disabled entrance' into a building that 
> may be round the back and may entail going by all the garbage bins is simply 
> not 'accessible', however physically easy it is to get in that way.
> I am beginning to find that the physical accessibility analogies tend not to be 
> that useful when looking at web site accessibility, but I am wondering how to 
> ensure that an 'accessibility solution' is respectful.
> The answer we came up with is to ensure that a web site is easy and satisfying 
> to use for disabled people by doing testing with disabled people and I tend to 
> go for a 'one size fits all'.
> But I would be really interested in how other people deal with this issue, if 
> at all.
> Cheers
> Graham
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