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The Struggle for Web Accessibility by Persons with Cognitive Disabilities

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David Braddock
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  • Date Published: September 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107051805

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  • Never before have the civil rights of people with disabilities aligned so well with developments in information and communication technology. The center of the technology revolution is the Internet's World Wide Web, which fosters unprecedented opportunities for engagement in democratic society. The Americans with Disabilities Act likewise is helping to ensure equal participation in society by people with disabilities. Globally, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities further affirms that persons with disabilities are entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of fundamental personal freedoms. This book is about the lived struggle for disability rights, with a focus on Web equality for people with cognitive disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, autism, and print-related disabilities. The principles derived from the right to the Web – freedom of speech and individual dignity –are bound to lead toward full and meaningful involvement in society for persons with cognitive and other disabilities.

    • Tells the story of the journey towards disability rights by focusing on the right to Web equality for people with cognitive disabilities
    • Advocates for meaningful involvement in society by persons with disabilities through outlining a set of principles derived from the right to the Web, to freedom of speech and to individual dignity
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "We must do our best to invite people with cognitive disabilities to become an integral part of our digital world. It's their right. It's society's gain. It's the right thing to do. So, hooray for eQuality! And hooray for Peter Blanck's high achievement in the publication of this pathbreaking book."
    David Braddock, Professor and Director of the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, University of Colorado

    "The twenty-fifth anniversary of the ADA is a fitting time for Professor Blanck to break wide open new territory in the civil rights struggle of persons with cognitive disabilities. eQuality is a must-read that will prove essential to scholars and practitioners concerned about Web-content equality for all people."
    Michael Waterstone, Associate Dean and Professor of Law, Loyola Law School

    "Groundbreaking achievement! In eQuality, Peter Blanck sets the stage for future advocacy of equal access to the information society."
    Jutta Treviranus, Professor of Design and Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University

    "Jefferson wrote that freedom has to be secured from one generation to the next. The Web allows this and future generations of persons with disabilities opportunities to open up worlds that were previously locked away. eQuality unlocks this potential and secures freedom into the twenty-first century – a virtual civic republic."
    Gerard Quinn, Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUI Galway, Ireland

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107051805
    • length: 501 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.8kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword David Braddock
    About this book
    Part I. Opening:
    1. Introduction: the struggle for Web equality
    2. Web content equality, the ADA, and participation in society
    3. Web equality and the ADA
    Part II. The Advocates' Path:
    4. ADA Title III and Web equality: litigation begins
    5. Web equality: second-generation advocacy
    6. Future Web equality advocacy
    Part III. Towards Web Equality for People with Cognitive Disabilities:
    7. Web content equality and cognitive disabilities
    8. Web equality in action
    9. Towards Web content equality
    10. Equality pocket usability

  • Author

    Peter Blanck, Syracuse University, New York
    Peter Blanck is University Professor at Syracuse University, New York and chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI). Blanck received a JD from Stanford University, California, where he was president of the Stanford Law Review, and a PhD in social psychology from Harvard University, Massachusetts. He is chairman of the Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC) and president of Raising the Floor (RtF) USA. His books include Genetic Discrimination: Transatlantic Perspectives on the Case for a European Level Legal Response (with Quinn and de Paor, 2014), Disability Civil Rights Law and Policy (with Myhill, Siegal and Waterstone, 2014), People with Disabilities: Sidelined or Mainstreamed? (with Schur and Kruse, 2013), Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities: An Analysis of Federal Law (with Goldstein and Myhill, 2013), and Race, Ethnicity, and Disability: Veterans and Benefits in Post-Civil War America (with Logue, 2010).


    David Braddock, University of Colorado Boulder


    David Braddock

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