[Air-L] Internet access and accessibility for people with disabilities
andrewrclark at mac.com
Wed Sep 4 21:38:18 PDT 2013
Just to add to the discussion. I am currently looking at First Nation
and Indigenous peoples experiences of disability. This prompted me to
look at New Zealand and Disability policy re Māori. Within the Ministry
of Health NZ I found Whāia Te Ao Mārama: The Māori Disability Action
What really struck me was the following statement -
"There is no definitive word or description of disability in te reo
Māori. Commonly te reo refers to a person’s ability to flourish or
function in relation to their ability to contribute to either their own,
or others, wellbeing".
Given your area of study, I was wondering if you were going to consider
Māori concept of disability, which is much more communitarian, when
compared to individualist notions of independence underpinning western
concepts of disability. In essence, can the existing models of internet
access and design meet the needs of Māori contribute to there own or
others wellbeing. Given the majority literature around access by people
with disabilities is constructed around individual models of choice,
control - empowerment.
Just a though.
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