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Full Committee Hearing - The Promise of Accessible Technology: Challenges and Opportunities (February 7, 2012)

This captioned video of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) hearing focuses on the importance of accessible technology and how this issue is impacting students with disabilities in K-12 and higher education. Multiple perspectives and compelling testimony were offered by the Department of Justice, National Federation of the Blind, Columbus, Indiana's Superintendent of schools and California State University's Center for Accessible Technology.

U.S. Senate Committe on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions

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It took me several years of struggling with the heavy door to my building, sometimes having to wait until a person stronger came along, to realize that the door was an accessibility problem, not only for me, but for others as well. And I did not notice, until one of my students pointed it out, that the lack of signs that could be read from a distance at my university forced people with mobility impairments to expend a lot of energy unnecessarily, searching for rooms and offices. Although I have encountered this difficulty myself on days when walking was exhausting to me, I interpreted it, automatically, as a problem arising from my illness (as I did with the door), rather than as a problem arising from the built environment having been created for too narrow a range of people and situations.

Susan Wendell, author of
The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability