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The benefits of the internet

 
The internet opens up a world of possibilities for people with disabilities. People who can't speak suddenly can communicate all over the world. People that are not as mobile have unlimited information to explore.

Life is easier with access to information. You can better check if places are accessible before you go. Other people that have disabilities can even give you tips beforehand. If somewhere has particular access issues you can band together to push together for change at local venues. This is the basic economic rule of supply and demand. If enough people demand something, it has more chance of being done.

It gives groups of people such as those with disabilities an opportunity to work together and network. This gives us additional power if used correctly. It also means that you can be confined to a bed and parti

The internet is not fully accessible but life is better with it. If you own a website; read more about how to make websites accessible.
 
Posted at 27/10/2017 19:11:45 EDT 0 comments
 

YouTube and online video

 
Never before in history has the ability to beam yourself into people's home been more accessible. TV has been a barrier in the past but these days anybody can create a YouTube channel and share their story with the world. Even people that cannot talk can do this if they use text to software. If you are camera shy your vlog (video log) can be just seeing what they see. Some people may find this easier than doing a blog.

Sharing our stories is important to further normalize disability; we need to be on the same platforms as everybody else. However you should consider being entertaining if your goal is to be a star, add humour to your videos if you really want an audience. Perhaps find some locals to collab with, this can extend your audience. Alternatively you can also collab with people all over the world through video conferencing.

Reactions from the audience can range from viewing you as an inspiration to trolling you. As somewhat of a public figure myself I get more annoyed at the people calling me an inspiration, but I don't really get trolls. People can be blocked or the comments can be turned off entirely if the reactions bother you.

Many portable computers have cameras and mics built in or you can find a second hand one. You can start whenever you like!
 
Posted at 15/10/2017 00:57:29 EDT 0 comments
 

The future must be accessible

 
I was sitting at McDonalds and I wondered how people with blindness can use the automated ordering Kiosk; they probably can't. The future must be accessible to the maximum number of people. If this is not the case it is a wasted opportunity.

It would be cheaper to integrate accessibility in the start of your project but if the technology is in the testing phase you can program it later while asking what the accessibility issues are. Ensure your project is tested by people with a wide range of disabilities.

It is important to be as cross platform as possible when you create software/apps/websites. For websites specifically if you use things like flash or javascript/JQuery consider creating a plain text and image only version too. Click here for more website accessibility tips.

Future technologies must be accessible otherwise people will be left behind. If your competitors are accessible and you are not idea it could be you that is left behind.
 
Posted at 16/05/2017 19:01:34 EDT 0 comments
 


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