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Re: disabilities and accessibility


From: Morin, Gary (NIH/NCI) [E]
Date: Feb 10, 2022 12:11PM

Couldn't agree more - not to dismiss one group in favor of another. There is a paradigm that if websites are made compatible with ScreenReaders then they're compatible with and accessible to speech recognition software, used by persons with dexterity impairments. It's a false paradigm and one that clearly fails in reality. To this day, I'm finding websites and applications that may or allegedly work with ScreenReaders that are NOT accessible to speech input or speech recognition software (such as Dragon NaturallySpeaking).

ScreenReader users may be more vocal or organized but that may or may not mean that the numbers of ScreenReader users versus speech input users are greater one way or the other.

No one individual or group should take precedence or priority over another.


-----Original Message-----
From: Nathan Clark < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Sent: Wednesday, February 9, 2022 2:30 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] disabilities and accessibility

thanks for the comments. I thought everyone would say this. I just wanted confirmation before I go down the phase of design and development.

On 2/9/22, L Snider < <EMAIL REMOVED> <mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> >> wrote:

> Totally agree with Lucy and Karen! I cover a wide range and even ones

> that are rare or that others wouldn't consider a

> disability....remember many people have multiple disabilities...


> I am trying to find the source, but a few years ago, I read that

> 60-70% of people who answered a survey identified with multiple

> disabilities. Also some people have them and don't identify with

> disabilities they may have...complex thing is the human!


> Cheers


> Lisa


> On Wed, Feb 9, 2022 at 3:08 PM Karen McCall < <EMAIL REMOVED> <mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> >> wrote:


>> I agree with Lucy...my training and teaching has always been to

>> optimize accessibility for the broadest range of people. You never

>> know when someone with a disability is in your audience. Trying to

>> prioritize access to digital content for a specific group of people

>> is never a winning scenario.


>> Cheers, Karen


>> -----Original Message-----

>> From: WebAIM-Forum < <EMAIL REMOVED> <mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> >> On Behalf

>> Of Nathan Clark

>> Sent: Wednesday, February 9, 2022 1:57 PM


>> Subject: [WebAIM] disabilities and accessibility


>> Dear list,


>> My company and I are trying to create an accessible training program

>> for screen reader users to use our unstoppable plug in for confluence

>> and Jira.

>> We are in the brainstorming portion of this project. One of my

>> developers posed this question to me and I was kind of stumped on to

>> answer him. He asked me the following:


>> question: Is there a specific disability that should be focused on

>> first or do we need to approach this as an all or nothing accessible training?

>> Basically, should we focus on making our training accessible for a

>> specific disability or should we try and focus on all of them?


>> The way I look at this and I may be wrong is that it is hard to

>> accommodate all disabilities and all user capabilities therefore you

>> should try and pick what disabilities that you think would more

>> likely to use the product? Can someone please tell me what the best

>> approach is? Thanks.


>> Sincerely,

>> Nathan Clark




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