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Re: NAD v. Netflix: "This is a bad ruling. Reallyterrible."


From: Léonie Watson
Date: Jun 27, 2012 11:51AM

Ryan Hemphill wrote:
" I guess the only thing about this that is a 'good thing' is that it points
out something that needs to change, like racism."

By a strange coincidence, this is something I'll be talking about next week.

These are the notes for a couple of my slides. Hope you don't mind me

The world has come a long way since Emmeline Pankhurst refused to accept
that women were second class citizens, and in doing so kicked off the
women's' rights movement of the early 1900s.

It's been more than half a century since Rosa Parks refused to give up her
bus seat, and in doing so sparked the civil rights movement of the mid 20th

Yet we live in a time when many disabled people are refused access to the
digital world. This isn't a question of technology, of budget, or even of

It is simply a matter of digital liberty.


-----Original Message-----
[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Ryan Hemphill
Sent: 27 June 2012 18:24
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] NAD v. Netflix: "This is a bad ruling. Really

I didn't know people would talk that way in public.

I guess the only thing about this that is a 'good thing' is that it points
out something that needs to change, like racism. Extreme behavior like this
is something most people would object to, and for that reason alone I will
probably be bringing your experience up in conversation going forward.

- Ryan

On Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 12:43 PM, Susan Grossman
< <EMAIL REMOVED> >wrote:

> On Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 8:28 AM, Ryan Hemphill <
> > wrote:
> > I read that post. That is disgusting. The fact that the title is
> > what
> it
> > is shows an incredibly callous attitude. It's a weird situation.
> > If
> that
> > guy saw a blind man who needed help to cross the street, he'd help -
> > but when he thinks about "Blind People" in the abstract, helping
> > them is seen as nothing but an unfair burden. The move from
> > singular to plural seems
> to
> > create a mental gap in empathy.
> >
> > There are such strange people in this world.
> >
> >
> > - Ryan
> >
> Am getting some of these kinds of words and push back from some
> clients now too. They call it big government and Welfare for cripples
> - yeah you read that correctly, and in a corporate meeting. Luckily
> the PM jumped in and stopped that line of talk by simply saying it's a
> requirement, just like the Flash they wanted - both in the original RFP.
> This seems to be a side effect of a big symptom - not helping others,
> even to cross the street, and is very disturbing.
> I don't get how so many people bought into this ugliness in the
> comments, and bolstered each other into saying very very nasty things,
> as if it was all OK.
> --
> *Susan R. Grossman*
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