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Discuss: Designing for All
June 9, 2011
7:25 pm
Richard
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Facilitator: Kevin Prince, Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind

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The web is seen as a great enabler – the place where we can all go to find out information, work, socialise, play and trade but it’s not as open as many of us think. Have you ever thought about really designing for all?What if you can’t see the screen or hear the audio? What if you either don’t speak English or are more comfortable with your native tongue? Are there cultural issues with the web? Do we all process and access information in the same way? This session aims to share knowledge and ideas around sensory, cultural, cognitive and other barriers to accessing the Internet.

July 1, 2011
11:16 am
Daniel Harborne
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I am profoundly Deaf, and work for Deaf Aotearoa NZ. We provide services to the Deaf Community with a cultural and language focus.

I would like to raise a point about YouTube video clips as I am aware many organisations now use YouTube for their videos, including the MPs and John Key. YouTube is a great enabler because there is an opportunity for the Deaf Community to have access to all the YouTube videos, if only they were captioned though. This feature is built into YouTube, and it is not too difficult to do.

Ideally video clips coming from Government organisations and the Ministers should have captioned video clips. The Deaf Community should not be treated as second class citizens, after all we do pay the same tax as others, so it is only fair to demand that we have equal access to this information.

Please make an effort to add captions to your YouTube videos Smile

July 4, 2011
6:51 pm
Ellen S
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Hi Daniel. Important point!

Deaf Aotearoa made such a valuable contribution to NetHui in general as well: helping us to reflect on culture and language in online (and offline!) spaces in the sessions.

Thanks!

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