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RE: Accessibility for Deaf/Dumb

From: Stuart Smith <Stuart.M.Smith@manchester.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2005 10:59:15 +0100
To: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20051006105915515.00000001472@MARVIN>

Hi Julian

Someone who is deaf and or mute may not be able to ready the kind of English those with speech and hearing use very well at all because it will probably not be their first language as British Sign Language (and others) use a different syntax, grammar etc - it is another language. 

You have several options - you could use "easy read" as advocated by the Disability Rights Commission in the UK (I think!) and/or sign language images.

Remember your client is asking for this information for this specific group who will benefit directly form the technology they are offering to help i.e. the special phone line. So surely logic would dictate that their communication should be the priority in this case

Got to admit I find the tone of your email disappointing and offensive with phrases like "taking things too far". I am not sure that labelling "mute" people "dumb" is a very kind spirited act either.

You kind of imply that helping the disable is something to be tolerated only within bounds that are convenient to you and not an actual positive step. Sorry if you don't mean it that way but I think its important to challenge these things.



-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Julian Voelcker
Sent: 06 October 2005 09:00
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Accessibility for Deaf/Dumb

Morning All,

A client of ours has suggested putting some sign language images on their site that tells visitors to call a special phone line kitted out for braille based phones.

My gut feeling is that this is taking things too far and anybody that is deaf or dumb would be able to read normal text so the sign language would be unnecessary.

Am I wrong?

Any feedback would be appreciated.


Julian Voelcker
Cirencester, United Kingdom
Received on Thursday, 6 October 2005 09:59:51 UTC

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