WebAIM - Web Accessibility In Mind

E-mail List Archives

Re: Elderly and self identification as having a disability


From: Thad C
Date: May 24, 2016 6:39PM

Hi Lori,

It is interesting that you bring up self identification today. I just had
the follow piece published. It was one of the most satisfying projects I
have worked on.

On May 24, 2016 8:01 AM, "Gillen, Lori" < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> Hi Jim-
> I'm not sure this is relevant but it is my hope that people in my company
> self-identify as having a disability so that they can reach out for the
> help they need to do their job to their optimum capacity. I think that I
> may be planting some seeds, but for the most part those with invisible
> disabilities, such as depression and other mental illnesses still have a
> stigma. Perhaps that is what is going on with the elderly. They came from a
> time when no one talks about those subjects, or maybe they are in denial
> about getting old and the disabilities that come with it.
> Lori Gillen
> Specialist Technical Writer
> McKesson Corporation
> Newton, MA
> -----Original Message-----
> From: WebAIM-Forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On
> Behalf Of Jim Allan
> Sent: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 10:32 AM
> To: WAI-IG; WebAIM Discussion List
> Subject: [WebAIM] Elderly and self identification as having a disability
> Hello,
> I have used, written, and repeated what I thought was a truism, but I
> don't recall when I first heard this ...
> Some/many elderly (aged) folks do not self identify as having a
> disability, they respond that they are just old and things don't work as
> well as they used to.
> Based on conversations with elderly relatives and others (aged and people
> in the disability field)...I found this to be true. Perhaps it was the way
> the question was asked.
> Be that as it may, I was trying to verify/research this truism. When I
> searched on "self identification" and other terms -- of course I found
> forms to self-identify, demographics, services, etc. all about folks who
> have self-identified.
> What I could not find is anything that verifies that elderly do not self
> identify because in their view they are not disabled, they are just old.
> There may other subsets of folks who would/could be considered disabled
> but for whatever reason choose not to self-identify.
> Do you have any insight/ideas...anything?
> --
> Jim Allan, Accessibility Coordinator
> Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
> 1100 W. 45th St., Austin, Texas 78756
> voice 512.206.9315 fax: 512.206.9264
> http://cp.mcafee.com/d/5fHCNAq6x0SyMUMzuXb8USrhhjhupjvvhdEEFELcFKcECPpISHoHZalxOVKV1Bwlhd7bG0HqP9EVR51Al8eTo5m3hPX0GqevjQlZRCZJKqei3XW1ISrdCM0kW43cKZ1L3o4ild40wuvI3h0qf16iKDDX05jEgcOXQ6PhYrvd7bapIQJwbV0g3hIQKCy0qfg-9VoQgr10QgkYZQQgig-4VeOJIVlwq8dEq82uCpg8Cy3jh0xaCA97OCmdKcCQPrNKVJUSyrh
> "We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us." McLuhan, 1964
> > > http://cp.mcafee.com/d/FZsS71NJ5xNx6ZSmhNISyyCyYOC--yrhhjhupjsphdCPpJmNnWkH3BPtO3b0Gyqenk1mRCjhPGa38GgtKMaI6zDS1kQs-DEHXHdXrsQsA7TQ3pISrdw0PVkDM0JAHM073o4ild40wuvI3h0qf16iKDDX05jEgcOXQ6PhYrvd7bapIQJwbV0g3hIQKCy0qfg-9VoQgr10QgkYZQQgig-4VeOJIVlwq8dEq82uCpg8Cy3jh0xaCA97OCmdKcCQPrNKVJUSyrh
> List archives at
> http://cp.mcafee.com/d/1jWVIp6jqb3z2dXIIzzpJ55d5VBdZZ4SyyCyYOCUOyrdCPqJyLQFm7bCXA6m1l4QsKE2JHcCzDkk6hkwXtwlod7fI2FEVZfhnTmrSSVEV8fLE6PpISr01w2SiL00sgBiPtaiH3dzoD8PZ3o4ild40wuvI3h0qf16iKDDX05jEgcOXQ6PhYrvd7bapIQJwbV0g3hIQKCy0qfg-9VoQgr10QgkYZQQgig-4VeOJIVlwq8dEq82uCpg8Cy3jh0xaCA97OCmdKcCQPrNKVJUSyrh
> > > > > >