Adaptive Technology for the Internet: Making Electronic by Barbara T. Mates

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Making information accessible to our communities is our job. If the phrase and the job are to be meaningful, we must discard outdated notions, take some chances, and make some mistakes. Whether Christopher Reeve Page 6 or Helen Keller or Stephen Hawking use our services is irrelevant if we embrace the notion that we can and should give them access to what everyone else has. Whether the users we attract and serve become versed in quantum physics or physical fitness, we need to support their right to information.

Thanks to Dianne Rooney for her artistic flair. Page 1 1 Could Helen Keller Use Your Library? It is estimated that in the United States alone, there are 12 million visually impaired persons plus 39 million learning disabled persons who cannot access printed materials because of their disabilities. 7 million physically disabled people also perceive the format of books and paper as obstructions to information access, for they cannot hold a book or turn a sheet of paper. The access problem people with disabilities encounter with printed books applies to all printed materials, including items such as informational fliers, newspapers, general correspondence, and information found via standard computer access.

Universal Design Principles for Web Pages The Trace Center's definition of universal design is "the process of creating products (devices, environments, systems, and processes) that are usable by people with the widest range of abilities, operating within the widest possible range of situations (environments, conditions, and circumstances). 3 DO-IT also advocates universal design principles to guarantee access for those who cannot see graphics because of visual impairments. cannot hear audio because of hearing impairments.

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