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Showing Revision 4 created 09/21/2012 by Claude Almansi.

  1. Screen text + Audio description] On the way to making our website more accessible, we learned a few things from the experts.
  2. OK, maybe more than a few...
  3. [Audio description] Peggy Martinez, Accesibility Manager, Lighthouse for the Blind
  4. [Screen reader] We engage with people around the world to foster awareness
  5. of the power of love and forgiveness in our global community
  6. [Peggy Martinez] OK well, obviously that's important.
  7. So, had I been able to find that initially by pressing one of my usual navigation keys...
  8. that would have been fantastic.
  9. And I'm sure it will be fantastic when it gets fixed.
  10. [Rob Roth, signing - English interpretation] I'm an artist, and so I was particularly interested, and...
  11. I connect to things through art very often, but unfortunately it's not captioned, so...
  12. And the guy seems to be Italian so...
  13. [Screen text + Audio description] Rob Roth - Advancing Deaf & Hard of Hearing in computing - University of Washington
  14. [Roth + interpretation] Showing these gorgeous paintings but I have no idea what he's talking about.
  15. So, my connection is broken. I feel like I can't connect to it.
  16. [Screen text + audio description] Accessing Love & Forgiveness
  17. [Audio description] Kyle Johnson, Director of Communications, The Fetzer Institute.
  18. [Kyle Johnson] Love and forgiveness in many ways are about inclusivity,
  19. embracing others as well as wholly embracing ourselves.
  20. Making our message and work accessible to a broader audience are primary objectives for us.
  21. Consequently enhancing fetzer.org became an immediate priority.
  22. We looked to experts and to the principles of universal design for guidance.
  23. [Audio description] Terril Thompson, Technology Accesibility Consultant
  24. [Terrill Thompson] Universal design is designing a product so that it works for the greatest possible number of users.
  25. And ultimately the goal would be for everybody to be able to use that product.
  26. [Audio description] Daria Loi, User Experienced Innovation Manager
  27. [Daria Loi] So there is one thing that is called participatory design that I've been for many years a big advocate.
  28. There's a big community of people around the world that really believe that it's not about designing for people
  29. with this idea that you are the designer on the top of a mountain
  30. and you can dictate to the rest of the world what's good and what's bad
  31. but it's more about "designing with".
  32. Now "designing with" means really understanding that you as a designer or an engineer
  33. are one, but not the only, expert.
  34. And that you need to sit at the same table with the other experts.
  35. [Audio description] Glenda Watson Hyatt, Accessibility consultant and writer
  36. [Glenda Watson Hyatt] By including everyone's needs right from the beginning,
  37. accessibility and universal design becomes part of the natural workflow of the project,
  38. whereas adding accessibility features as an afterthought at a later stage in the process
  39. dramatically increases work and cost, and hence, might not be as optimally implemented.
  40. [Rob Roth] If you're thinking everything is only in spoken English you're leaving out many many people.
  41. So, when you design a program, make it for the broadest audience possible.
  42. Meaning you would want to include captions in English and possibly in different languages.
  43. Especially when you're making a video.
  44. [Terrill Thompson] There are millions of people worldwide who have disabilities, and beyond that there are millions,
  45. perhaps billions of people just using different sorts of technologies than are conventional.
  46. And so, I think it's important for people who are producing products to understand that there's a huge market potential
  47. for practicing universal design and trying to reach the broadest possible audience with their product or their design.
  48. [Daria Loi] So we have to really found our designs and or engineering work
  49. on a good deep understanding of the context.
  50. And once we have that good understanding, then we can identify where the real problems are,
  51. not the manufactured problems,
  52. and therefore resolve things and solve through real solutions that can really make things better for people.
  53. [Kyle Johnson] We'll continue to work towards universal accessibility in all that we do,
  54. because we see a connection between universal design and love and forgiveness.
  55. [Aditya Ganapathirajut] At first they sound like rather abstract themes, but ...
  56. [Audio description] Aditya Ganapathiraju
  57. if you define love as a
  58. [Audio description] Research Study Assistant
  59. willingness to accept and care for someone as they are
  60. and as they present themselves,
  61. it seems like universal design would be an intuitive way to accept that person,
  62. regardless of their shortcomings or impairments they may have,
  63. and in order to help them, you know, flourish in their own way.
  64. [Text and audio description] Many thanks to Aditya Ganapathiraju, Daria Loi, Peggy Martinez, Rob Roth, Terrill Thompson and Glenda Watson Hyatt, for their insights, help and contributions to this video.
  65. (Fetzer Institute - Fetzer.org - creative commons BY-NC-SA)