FW: Trying to Answer the Question

Steve,

 

Although I’m not at all
sure this will interest you, I’m forwarding it for whatever value it offers.
I wrote the following blog entry as a sort of tangential response to Darrell
Shandrow’s email to you regarding website accessibility for the visually
impaired. A lot of the blog entry is rather “meta,” with little
technical value. However, the underlying point is valid, you are either part of
the solution or the problem. If you are a disabled person and need better website
access, the best answer is to help web designers understand what you truly
need. You don’t have to have a computer science degree and work
experience, though I happen to.

 

 I think people don’t
always recognize the rate at which the Internet—and everything else
related to computers—is evolving. We are just beginning to understand how
to interface circuitry and neurons. The concept of 2-D web sites may be dead in
15 years as images flow directly into our brains. Meanwhile, my fellow Disabled
need to help the webbed world appreciate their needs.

 

If you’re curious about me
or Xpress-It, check out www.conchbbs.com.
Sorry but you’ll have to enable scripting to view it properly. This is
one area where I side with Leo; scripting is a security risk, but the Internet
without it would be a pile of stone tablets.
J

 

Scott

 

From: Scott Royall
[mailto:royall@conchbbs.com]
Sent: Monday, July 30, 2007 8:04 PM
Subject: Trying to Answer the Question

 

One of the common comments I get from parents of disabled
children Is that they are torn between trying to prepare their children to
function in the real world, and trying to just protect them from it.
That’s very understandable, but it ends up being fruitless. Yes, maybe
you can provide for their financial future, although that would be difficult in
itself.

 

The real problem with trying to protect disabled kids is
that you would have to somehow shield them from realizing that society is
likely to never treat them fairly. In other words, the true pain of disabled
people in society is in recognizing how it treats them. If the child is at all
self-aware, he’s destined to notice sooner or later that it doesn’t
treat him fairly. You would have to practically hermetically seal him in a box
just so he doesn’t know what a society is. Alas, we are social creatures.
We have to basically socialize to function as humans. Thus, as the child grows
up, he will have to come to terms with society in some sense. That’s
certainly not easy for a disabled person to ever do, but what’s the
alternative?

 

I’m not a big fan of religion so I don’t really
buy the idea of a Hereafter. I subscribe to William Shatner’s philosophy
instead (oh, don’t go there, just don’t! J). To paraphrase: this life is all we can really count on so
we might as well make the most of it. Something may happen with our
souls/spirits/whatevers, but we will no longer be who we are now. Notice the
ramifications of this. A disabled person may feel his or her life sucks, but
that’s all s/he gets so s/he might as well participate in life as much as
possible. A point may be reached where going on won’t be worthwhile for
me for instance, but my only option until then is to keep trying. The same
thing applies for any other disabled person whether he knows it or not. Yes,
maybe life sucks. It isn’t going to get any better, though, until you
try.

 

And, to insert an obligatory plug here, Xpress-It certainly
makes trying a bit easier if you are speech impaired.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                       

 

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