Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Hard of Hearing Accessibility: 2020
Thanks to Jonathan I came across this link to "Accessibility Collaboration" by Sami Virtanen. This article which describes "the Dream 2.0" or what the world could be like for hard of hearing people in 2020 was written by a 34 year old man from Finland for the CHHA-IFHOH (Canadian Hard of Hearing Association/ International Federation of Hard of Hearing) Congress of 2008. He not only describes his dream of increased accessiblity but also outlines the steps for achieving it. He references universal design and the design for all concept (which I hope to write on soon).
In "Accessibility Collaboration", Virtanen states that "The vision of disability policy is a society for all. The mission is the advancement of disabled peoples’ human value, well being, and empowerment. The goal is to make it possible for disabled people to achieve, on an equal basis with other people: a) basic conditions for life, b) equal and full participation in society, and c) an independent and autonomous life." Amen.
I highly recommend this article for all who are concerned about accessibility. To view the article, you will need Microsoft Word. This document is published in Microsoft Word 97-2003 format. If you cannot access it, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a copy as a rich text file (viewable with any word processing software). Thank you, Jonathan!