On Sat, 2006-08-05 at 11:13 +0300, Nadav Har'El wrote: > People who care enough to actually do something themselves (and not just > complain on a mailing list) can actually nominate themselves for board, and > make a real difference in the Amuta. *YOU*, as a board memeber, can have > almost full control on the directions that the Amuta will take over the > next year.
Here it is the time to raise my personal beef. During the last year, I was considering several times taking more active part in directing Hamakor. At the time there were several arguments in this mailing list about future directions of Hamakor, and I participated and wrote my opinions. However, I was concerned about accessibility i.e. being able to FULLY participate in board discussions. My cash flow situation also did not permit me to fully finance the accessibility provisions needed by me (a notetaker or interpreter to accompany me to meetings). Another activity to which I did not volunteer due to concerns about accessibility (to committee discussions and in access to information) was leading the AP5 effort (an activity, which Shlomi Fish eventually took upon himself, and then I joined to help him). Few weeks ago there were heated arguments about accessibility of a movie to be produced from AP5, and I saw that several people won't support accessibility and making the effort to fully include hearing-impaired people, if it could hurt them in a non-trivial way; and that they would not accommodate my request for more effort toward including me in certain activities, even if I put in more effort to volunteer to benefit the entire community. [To be fair, I must note that I got also supporting E-mail; however it came from very few persons.] This caused me to feel like 2nd class citizen in the community. Accordingly, I decided to be 2nd class citizen all the way. So, I reduced my involvement in the community and in AP5 organization to the minimum required to meet my obligations to other people with disabilities. Among other things, I am now yadid rather than a voting member and I do not plan to come to the Assembly. --- Omer -- Perrin's Principle of Inclusion: The strength of any system is directly proportional to the power of the tools it provides for the general public. My own blog is at http://tddpirate.livejournal.com/ My opinions, as expressed in this E-mail message, are mine alone. They do not represent the official policy of any organization with which I may be affiliated in any way. WARNING TO SPAMMERS: at http://www.zak.co.il/spamwarning.html --------------------------------------------------------------------- To unsubscribe, e-mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED] For additional commands, e-mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED]