Recommended Reading for 19 November, 2010
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little light at Questioning Transphobia: clamavi ad te. Please note that the post discusses suicide, abuse, and murder of trans people. If you think you can handle it, though, it is powerful reading, as is everything little light writes.
When you have been told you are less than human–less than sacred–less than beautiful–your community has failed you. When you believe it, it is because your community has failed you. I do not intend to mince words. … You deserve better. Because you are not the problem. You are not broken. You are not worthless. You are not a problem and you are not a mistake.
Liz at Dis/Embody: Thoughts on World Usability Day:
Now, of course, usability is not the same as accessibility; it is focused on ease of general use, for a mass audience. And, usability doesn’t always incorporate a universal design perspective in which the needs of those who face the most challenges are centered, with the understanding that products designed for that group may also be more usable by others.
That said, usability and communication is an interesting theme, as it seems to implicitly tie back to media accessibility in particular.
Interviews conducted by Meena Bakhtash at the BBC: Voices: Disability and the Hajj to Mecca:
The annual Hajj pilgrimage – a religious duty that every adult Muslim is expected to do once in their lives – can be a tough challenge.
But the obstacles are infinitely greater for Muslims with disabilities, who choose to take the journey.
Melissa Jenkins at the Sydney Morning Herald: Disability package gets tick:
The Victorian government is taking the right approach by directing the majority of its disability package towards early intervention, advocacy groups and unions say.
Kirsty Whalley at This is Local London: Disabled girl from Norbury a “health and safety risk”, says school
A disabled 11-year-old girl has been rejected by an academy school because she poses a “health and safety risk” to other children.
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By Chally 19 November, 2010. accessibility, Accessible Tech, deaths, Education, global, recommended reading, social attitudes, technology, violence australia, Islam, legislation, religion, school, trans, United Kingdom