Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Much Ado About Nothing

In case you haven’t noticed, the new and improved BIS blog has had a tendency to go ‘off topic’ – i.e. away from communications accessibility. Yet we’re interested in other cultural and current topics because of how they relate to the world of communications and accessibility. We feel it’s important to show how our craft applies to daily life, and how important it is to billions of people across the world.

To put it in perspective, not until the American Disabilities Act of 1990 – and several following addendums – were the deaf afforded the same rights to equal accessibility.

Let’s think about how that affects some of the topics covered recently on this blog.

Before 1990, all the caucus information seen on TV was still hours away, when the morning paper would be out.

Weather information was similar, unless you were able to turn on the news at just the right time to see the forecast in graphic form.

And before the internet in general, on which countless movies and videos are now captioned, and on which we can videoconference, information was particularly hard for the deaf to access.

So BIS thinks it’s important to keep finding contemporary norms and mores affected by communication, and vice versa, so we can keep lessening the gap of accessibility! 

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