New York Has a Great Subway, if You’re Not in a Wheelchair
In this article, Sasha Blair-Goldensohn, who is a disability advocate and lifelong New Yorker, found that there are many problems with New York’s subway. Sasha uses wheelchair himself and found that New York’s subway is not friendly with people with wheelchair. He points that ‘fewer than one in four stations can be used by people in wheelchairs when elevators are working — and they frequently are not’. He also pointed out that he started to realize this since his accident, so we can also infer that actually most of the people do not realize the needs of people with wheelchair. In addition, even if they notice that, they probably won’t take many actions. On the one hand, it is troublesome to make changes; on the other hand, it costs a lot if they make changes. However, for wheelchair users, parents with strollers, workers with handcarts and travelers with luggage, the small changes can make their life much easier.
Before Sasha got an accident, he does not realize the problem either, when he knew how wheelchairs users like, he began to realize so many conveniences the city gives him. It is common that we do not realize the problem, but after he raises it, we should begin to consider it seriously and think about making changes.
Are Colleges Doing Enough to Make Online Videos Accessible for the Blind?
At first, Tanya Roscorla asks the reader to ‘watch’ the video without seeing for one minute. I did it and only can get the background music. However, it is not a music appreciation class, when you open your eyes and have a look, you will find out that there are a lot of information in this video. However, like many other online courses, the videos contain more visual information than audio. I can understand that. Actually, visual information can catch people’s attention. If there are too many audio information, people may get bored of it, which is understandable. However, what if the audience is blind? A member of the project of the project team holds the view that they want to make sure every user has the same experience, which is more important. So we need to think about all the possibilities and solve them. For example, for blind people, we will add more description voice, for deaf people, we will add subtitle and sign, etc. Everyone has the same opportunity to get access of online recourses, we need to work on it to reduce the unfairness as much as possible.
Becky, Barbie’s friend who uses a wheelchair, was discontinued.
Actually, this is the article I love the most. Julia Franz uses an easily understood example to explain the situation of the environment and people with wheelchair. Barbie’s target costumers are young girls, what does it mean if discontinue Becky—a girl with a wheelchair? What will cause if they find out that instead of changing the environment, they get rid of Becky?
This is a bad example for young girls—only because Becky cannot fit the house, so we abandon her. Becky may be ignored by them in the end, however, that is also the attitude that they probably have to other people with disabilities. They will not pay much attention to them and forget them in the end.
However, think about that, what will happen if the young girls know that in order to have Becky, they change the Dream House, or they build a Becky-friendly house? They will suddenly have an awareness that, people with disabilities is the same as other like Becky is the same as Barbie. They will also get to know and learn what is a Becky-friendly house look like, what requirements need to be paid attention. For the target costumers who have the same situation with Becky, they will still be happy to see this kind of toys. Since they will know that What Barbie has, Becky has the same rights to have it.
In the God We Trust: A Brief Historical Review of Rehabilitation Practices
In this chapter, Marcia J.Scherer mainly talks about the rehabilitation Practices, which are a kind of assistive technology. I found that the development of technology has a strong connection with the history. For example, when there comes the WW1, many people may get hurts, so at that time people may have a big desire for assistive technology.
I also quite interested in person-focused efforts. Different disable people have different situations, disabilities, and causes. So for assistive technology, the designers need to know the specific need of each person, then he or she can design the most user-friendly product.