Thread Subject: COMPARABLE ACCESS -- (proposed new definition)
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From: Gregg Vanderheiden
Date: Sun, Jul 01 2007 5:00 PM
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This is generally ok but comparable access to a product needs to include
"functionality" of the product - not just information.
ACCESS TO AND USE OF INFORMATION AND DATA THAT IS ...
ACCESS TO AND USE OF INFORMATION, DATA AND FUNCTIONALITY THAT IS .
COMPARABLE ACCESS -- (proposed new definition)
COMPARABLE ACCESS MEANS THAT INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES HAVE ACCESS TO
AND USE OF INFORMATION AND DATA THAT IS TIMELY, ACCURATE, COMPLETE AND
EFFICIENT WHEN COMPARED TO THAT AVAILABLE TO INDIVIDUALS WITHOUT
New explanatory information:
Timely access means that individuals with disabilities have information and
data available to them at the same time as individuals without disabilities,
but that does not preclude captions that are a millisecond or two delayed or
other reasonable differences in timing given individual situations.
Accurate means that the information and data reflects the intended meaning
especially when converted into another form or media. Complete means that
all critical information and data is present when accessed by assistive
technology or converted into another form or media. Efficient means that an
individual with a disability exerts a reasonably similar or comparable
amount of effort (given the capacity of current assistive technology) in
using electronic and information technology as compared to an individual
without a disability.
Rationale: Addition of comparable access definition at the request of
federal procurement officials and other subcommittees to provide framework
for application of functional performance standards.
Subcommittee could not reach consensus on including some or all of the
explanatory information as part of the defintion itself. It will be
critical to expand on and explain the terms "timely, accurate, complete and
efficient" to ensure understanding and consistency in application but the
group could not reach consensus on where that explanation should occur.
Subcommittee also could not reach consensus on possible addition of the word
"communication" to "information and data" to clarify that communication is
part of information and data.
Gregg C Vanderheiden Ph.D.
Professor - Depts of Ind. Engr. & BioMed Engr.
Director - Trace R & D Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison
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