WebAIM - Web Accessibility In Mind

E-mail List Archives

Re: Elderly and self identification as having a disability


From: Gillen, Lori
Date: May 25, 2016 6:08AM

Thank you, I will take a look at this!

-----Original Message-----
From: WebAIM-Forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Thad C
Sent: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 8:39 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Elderly and self identification as having a disability

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/5fHCNAq6x0SyMUMzuXb8USrhhjhupjvvhdEEFELcFKcECPp
> ISHoHZalxOVKV1Bwlhd7bG0HqP9EVR51Al8eTo5m3hPX0GqevjQlZRCZJKqei3XW1ISrdC
> M0kW43cKZ1L3o4ild40wuvI3h0qf16iKDDX05jEgcOXQ6PhYrvd7bapIQJwbV0g3hIQKCy
> 0qfg-9VoQgr10QgkYZQQgig-4VeOJIVlwq8dEq82uCpg8Cy3jh0xaCA97OCmdKcCQPrNKV
> JUSyrh "We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us."
> McLuhan, 1964 > > http://cp.mcafee.com/d/FZsS71NJ5xNx6ZSmhNISyyCyYOC--yrhhjhupjsphdCPpJm
> NnWkH3BPtO3b0Gyqenk1mRCjhPGa38GgtKMaI6zDS1kQs-DEHXHdXrsQsA7TQ3pISrdw0P
> VkDM0JAHM073o4ild40wuvI3h0qf16iKDDX05jEgcOXQ6PhYrvd7bapIQJwbV0g3hIQKCy
> 0qfg-9VoQgr10QgkYZQQgig-4VeOJIVlwq8dEq82uCpg8Cy3jh0xaCA97OCmdKcCQPrNKV
> JUSyrh
> List archives at
> http://cp.mcafee.com/d/1jWVIp6jqb3z2dXIIzzpJ55d5VBdZZ4SyyCyYOCUOyrdCPq
> JyLQFm7bCXA6m1l4QsKE2JHcCzDkk6hkwXtwlod7fI2FEVZfhnTmrSSVEV8fLE6PpISr01
> w2SiL00sgBiPtaiH3dzoD8PZ3o4ild40wuvI3h0qf16iKDDX05jEgcOXQ6PhYrvd7bapIQ
> JwbV0g3hIQKCy0qfg-9VoQgr10QgkYZQQgig-4VeOJIVlwq8dEq82uCpg8Cy3jh0xaCA97
> > > http://cp.mcafee.com/d/k-Kr6h0SyMUMyNtdNASrhhjhupjvvhdEEFELcFKcECPpISH
> oHZalxOVJ_mr2JAbeyG7FW_XX0GeKywaI3HFyFEVd7bb8HW3zbxEVRRyXy1ISrdCM0pYGj
> U0mOlU03xI4AZgd40Aq83hVa5zSWic_cDa1mk28a8yvbCzUSyUPtUS2_id41Fr0nO0w6zp
> Ftd40QuxYjONEwS21EwFVXFEwAxY9OtBrpOH0QgrgQg4ZcOwhd46Cy12ld8ifBcIrs76QP
> rNKVJUSyrh List archives at
> http://cp.mcafee.com/d/avndzhJ5xNx5yWrz9ISyyCyYOC--yrhhjhupjsphdCPpJmN
> nWkH3BPr-IS5r8mt5kfjR_TS1ktt50lo7nj5jhOqemmhnQ76n3hPHH5T43pISrdw0M1r9n
> w0e8iFpKB9lxCNIjAp-xI4AZgd40Aq83hVa5zSWic_cDa1mk28a8yvbCzUSyUPtUS2_id4
> 1Fr0nO0w6zpFtd40QuxYjONEwS21EwFVXFEwAxY9OtBrpOH0QgrgQg4ZcOwhd46Cy12ld8