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"During AccessU, I had the opportunity to sit in on a series of assistive technology demos and witness firsthand how people with disabilities use the internet. That experience completely changed the way I looked at building a website... There is nothing like seeing the 'a-ha' moment from people’s faces the first time they see someone use assistive technology."
The power of an in-person demo regarding usability of a web site from the point of view of a person with a disability is explained in this Knowbility blog by Christi Barker.
An example of the reaction of one of Barker's students to a demo she later arranged:
“For example, as a designer, we care a lot about how things like buttons are put on websites. However, for vision-impaired people, the aesthetic or the structure of the layout does not mean the same thing to them. Sometimes, it only decreases the ability for them to stay connected with the world. That was the first time I perceived the many inconveniences in their life. Their stories are inspiring and have made me start thinking about what can I do to make a difference in their lives.”
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-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
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