[access-uk] Re: Accessibility on Sky

  • From: Shaun O'Connor <capricorn8159@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2015 13:19:47 +0100

regarding the question of whether accessibility helps everyone, there
are numerous scenario's I can think of where the case can be made. lets
take traffic lights as a prime example.
It is a bright sunny day, a fully sighted pedestrian is preparing to
cross a busy road and is at the traffic lights, however due to the
intensity and angle of the sun at the time it is not possible to see
which light is on. fortunately the traffic lights are equipped with a
working inverted cone on the base of the traffic light module which
houses the push button that is used to inform the system that a
pedestrian wishes to cross.. when the light goes to green to indicate
that the pedestrian has right of way, the cone will rotate, thus giving
tactile confirmation that the lights have indeed changed and the
pedestrian can be certain they have right of way at that time.

Another example, TV. a fully sighted person might have a set top box,
normally they would use the menu system that appears on the TV screen,
however, audio prompts, if properly programmed, can make selecting a
station or function more efficient.

Braille labelling. imagine the sheer horror of a power cut in the night.
a sighted person may be looking for a particular madication that is
essential to their survival or wellbeing, they don't have a torch handy,
they are fortunate in that they have a rudimentary knowledge or Braille
and the medicine bottles or cartons are labelled in both print and
Braille. consequently the correct medication can be identified.( pen
friend is just as useful here too if Braille is not viable ).

OH and screen readers, also helpful to a fully sighted person as a
proofing aid when preparing documents. ( the software needs to be of
very good quality in terms of textual interpretation and speech rendering ).

With some creative thinking on the part of product and service
providers, I believe assistive technology could become the rule rather
than the exception as there are numerous elements of accessability
whether it be technological or ergonomic, that can benefit everyone in
society instead of accessibility being used as a kind of divisive tool
to put disabled people into a neat little box away from the rest of so
called "normal" society.

ATB

Shaun
On 30/04/2015 12:31, lsmithso@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:

martin wilsher writes:
, as accessibility helps
> everyone, not just blind people.

Hi: I'm relatively new to this world, could you please expand on why
accessibility helps everyone? Is it an argument that could be used
elsewhere?
Thanks.


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