The Struggle for Web Accessibility by Persons with Cognitive Disabilities
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- Author: Peter Blanck, Syracuse University, New York
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Never before have the civil rights of people with disabilities aligned so well with developments in information and communication technology. The center of the technology revolution is the Internet's World Wide Web, which fosters unprecedented opportunities for engagement in democratic society. The Americans with Disabilities Act likewise is helping to ensure equal participation in society by people with disabilities. Globally, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities further affirms that persons with disabilities are entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of fundamental personal freedoms. This book is about the lived struggle for disability rights, with a focus on Web equality for people with cognitive disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, autism, and print-related disabilities. The principles derived from the right to the Web – freedom of speech and individual dignity –are bound to lead toward full and meaningful involvement in society for persons with cognitive and other disabilities.Read more
- Tells the story of the journey towards disability rights by focusing on the right to Web equality for people with cognitive disabilities
- Advocates for meaningful involvement in society by persons with disabilities through outlining a set of principles derived from the right to the Web, to freedom of speech and to individual dignity
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"We must do our best to invite people with cognitive disabilities to become an integral part of our digital world. It's their right. It's society's gain. It's the right thing to do. So, hooray for eQuality! And hooray for Peter Blanck's high achievement in the publication of this pathbreaking book."
David Braddock, Professor and Director of the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, University of ColoradoSee more reviews
"The twenty-fifth anniversary of the ADA is a fitting time for Professor Blanck to break wide open new territory in the civil rights struggle of persons with cognitive disabilities. eQuality is a must-read that will prove essential to scholars and practitioners concerned about Web-content equality for all people."
Michael Waterstone, Associate Dean and Professor of Law, Loyola Law School
"Groundbreaking achievement! In eQuality, Peter Blanck sets the stage for future advocacy of equal access to the information society."
Jutta Treviranus, Professor of Design and Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University
"Jefferson wrote that freedom has to be secured from one generation to the next. The Web allows this and future generations of persons with disabilities opportunities to open up worlds that were previously locked away. eQuality unlocks this potential and secures freedom into the twenty-first century – a virtual civic republic."
Gerard Quinn, Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUI Galway, Ireland
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- Date Published: October 2014
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- isbn: 9781316057759
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Table of Contents
Foreword David Braddock
About this book
Part I. Opening:
1. Introduction: the struggle for Web equality
2. Web content equality, the ADA, and participation in society
3. Web equality and the ADA
Part II. The Advocates' Path:
4. ADA Title III and Web equality: litigation begins
5. Web equality: second-generation advocacy
6. Future Web equality advocacy
Part III. Towards Web Equality for People with Cognitive Disabilities:
7. Web content equality and cognitive disabilities
8. Web equality in action
9. Towards Web content equality
10. Equality pocket usability
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