After enjoying the recent Olympics on captioned TV broadcasted by NBC and admiring athletes and performers with disabilities, I got disappointed with Paralympics. I would like to start with the article, “I’m profoundly deaf. So why can’t I be in the Paralympics?” that made me wonder why such a reputable UK publishing company as Daily Mail would let a writer (who calls herself deaf) exaggerate some information. It also got me concerned because it could cause confusion to those not aware about deaf athletes.
Posts tagged as “disability”
Welcome to the new website! Most blog posts will focus on access to audio via captions, but occasionally there will be blog posts about deafness and hearing loss in general, various technologies and communication types (such as hearing aids, cochlear implants, visual alerts, sign language, cued speech, interpreters, etc.) as well as about foreign language speakers and literacy issues – anything related to communication and information access that is based on universal design.
The reason the blog starts off with focusing on the economic model of disability is because many people think that universal access is something that benefits only people with disabilities. The more we learn about this model, the more we understand how it has evolved and why it benefits everyone, including businesses that find great solutions for customers with disabilities. It would also help businesses and individuals better understand why captioning is universal and benefits millions more people than just those who are deaf and hard of hearing.