I am a huge advocate for accessibility of all types and make my living as a web accessibility specialist but sometimes the laws around this make me go “wut?”.
Take for instance the time I had to evaluate a learning course for air-traffic controllers, making sure it was accessible to the blind, deaf, and folks with low vision. None of those people could, for safety reasons, become air-traffic controllers.
Today I am remediating a file that discusses critical repairs for multi-family housing and places all accessibility issues before life-safety issues. I say remediate all life-safety issues first, then convenience issues.
8 thoughts on “173/365 Wut?”
That’s crazy about the air-traffic controller course. It reminds me of a crazy experience of mine, which I’ll go write about.
When I asked about it on an online web accessibility forum, I was told that it needed to be accessible in case someone with a disability was hired by the Federal Aviation Administration and needed to check the course for some reason or other.
And when you get finished pushing that big rock up the hill, there’s a hundred more waiting down below!
Yep. I work nearly exclusively on government websites/files so I see a fair share of Sisyphean opportunities.
I find in my current job (special education case manager and teacher) that a lot of my questions are answered with, “because that’s what federal law mandates” and that’s just the end of the discussion.
That sounds like the “let blind people own guns” argument. Good grief.
Having close family members with disabilities, I fully agree. Safety first, then accessibility a close second.