Interesting Accessibility Images: Free Matter for the Blind

The way we portray accessibility measures is interesting. I came across this image recently on the USPS website’s section on Free Matter for the Blind (the federal program that allows materials to be sent free of charge-a really interesting program you can learn more about on this webpage from USPS).

Two white icons against a black background: a person walking with a cane and a separate large envelope.

I think this image is interesting because of the way one symbol of accessibility for the blind (a cane) is used to identify another measure of accessibility (access to Brailled materials). The requirements for participating in the program may entail that almost all participants will also have difficulty navigating traditional spaces, but this picture just seems strange to me because receiving written information is separate from navigation. A full body comes into a play in an image that’s about…reading.

Celebrating the ADA

Celebrating the ADA should be about honoring civil rights for people with disabilities and committing to making the world more inclusive. I’ve been thinking about how I want to celebrate the ADA. I was kind of disheartened online to see only info for businesses or info telling disabled people to be sure to tag the ways in which the world is more accessible because of the ADA.

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Happy Birthday, ADA!

July 26, 2020 is the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which is often just called the ADA. The ADA is a law that was passed by Congress (the House of Representatives and the Senate) and signed by the president in 1990.

The ADA is important because it gives many civil rights to people with disabilities. Civil rights are the things that our society thinks every person should be able to do, or should not be stopped from doing. You might have heard about “civil rights” when it comes to the idea that anyone should be able to vote, regardless of their race or gender. Or, you may have heard about “civil rights” when it comes to gay, lesbian, and queer people being able to get married.

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