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Re: Accessibility for Deaf/Dumb

From: Julian Voelcker <asp@tvw.net>
Date: Thu, 06 Oct 2005 10:00:30 +0100
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-Id: <VA.000013c1.0a3d6615@tvw.net>

Hi All,

> With literacy rates among the unimpaired as they are, I think it's a 
> little unfair to assume that people who have disability in hearing AND 
> speech will necessarily be able to read.

OK, that is the key point.  I have assumed that people with hearing and 
speech disabilities would be literate since they would have to be able to 
read a certain amount in order to get onto a computer, fire up a browser 
and navigate to website.

I also take on board Mark's point on the use of iconography for people 
with learning disabilities and have done some work on this in the past 
with Mencap and it is something that we are considering for the current 
client's site.

Whilst I can now see a benefit of providing sign language 'avatars' on 
the site I am interested to see that the RNID don't use it on their new 
site - if anyone on their site would, they would.


Julian Voelcker
Cirencester, United Kingdom
Received on Thursday, 6 October 2005 09:00:03 UTC

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