Yeah, like I said I didn't know if her view was shared by her countrymen
or not, but merely wanted to point out that there are mixed views about
accessibility, blindness, and how different people react to a person
with a disability. Someone from a different country or culture may hold
a different view than someone where you live. As you yourself pointed
out in the UK they have different views about accessibility concerning
books etc than we do here in the USA. These differing points of view are
none the less barriers to world wide accessibility to content like
games, books, whatever the case might be.
Funny Tom, my university has an exchange going with the university ot
tokio, and I've never had any problems with the Japanese I've met,
---- indeed I got to become quite good friends with one girl at my
light opera society.
Also, my mum, ---- who is a physio for disabled children did a
demonstration once of some equipment she was pioneering to some
Japanese businessmen, ---- who were great both about the physical
disability issue, and about my mum and I both being visually impared
(they actually invited me to go and look them up if I ever traveled to
I'm guessing that like every country though, there are mixed views.
You might actually be surprised to learn, that the general view of Vi
people in the Uk is actually pretty shoddy, both in governmental and
business terms, and among the general public.
For a long while it was the accepted belief that blind people should
go to specific institutions and stay there out of sight, ---- and
indeed members of the public can be quite resentful of Vi people for
not staying inside some sort of institution.
This has resulted in a lot of Uk blind people going to special
schools, and growing up quite isolated from everyone who isn't in the
blind cleaque, ---- and disability services who say things like "well
disabled people aren't the best judges of what they can or cannot do"
I am for instance the only officially registered blind student in
Durham uni currently, ---- and I usually get on with sorting matters
myself if they need sorting.
This is also why I'm attempting to create a new and useable
deffinition of disability in my phd, which I can then apply to solve
various dilemmas, ---- such as how a thing should or should not be
judged as accessible.
Before this turns into a long Ot wrant about my research though, ----
Beware the Grue!
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