Re: Fw: Python help needed immediately -- simple Electronic Ballot Printer

From: Barbara Simons <simons_at_acm_dot_org>
Date: Wed Jan 09 2008 - 14:50:18 CST

Hi, Asheesh. Actually, there are far more disabilities than simply
vision and hearing problems. For example, ballot marking devices are
being attacked by some DRE supporters on the grounds that people with
severe mobility impairment are unable to handle the paper ballot after
it is printer or marked. Many elderly people have some kinds of
disabilities, independent of how they might actually view themselves.
For example, not only do vision and hearing tend to deteriorate with
age, but - something that election officials frequently don't think
about - many elderly voters have difficulty standing for a long time in
line waiting to vote. Something as simple as providing chairs at
polling places would help a lot, but of course that's not especially
relevant to this list. Other types of disabilities involve learning
disorders, mental and emotional problems, etc.

I believe that "able bodied" is the phrase that is used. I have a
knowledgeable contact in the disability rights movement, and I'll check
to see if that is the best wording. Finally, though the distinction is
subtle, my contact has recommended that I use the phrase "people/voters
with disabilities," rather than "disabled people/voters."


Asheesh Laroia wrote:
> On Wed, 9 Jan 2008, Barbara Simons wrote:
>> Hi, all. I realize that Alan has the best of intentions regarding
>> people with disabilities.
>> However, I feel the need to point out that classifying people as either
>> "disabled" or "normal" will alienate members of the disability rights
>> community - who have been fighting for years to avoid being
>> characterized as "abnormal" - and will make it easier for
>> anti-technology forces to falsely characterize technologists as being
>> indifferent or worse to issues of concern to people with disabilities.
> Hi Barbara,
> I'm new to this list. I'm not new to discussing e-voting and promoting
> sanity in this area.
> Would it be better to say "The voting system accommodates people with all
> levels of hearing and seeing" rather than "The voting system accommodates
> people of normal and abnormal hearing and seeing"?
> Maybe you can propose precise phrasing that helps us say what we
> mean in a way that is respectful, or alternately help change our (my)
> understanding so that we are respectful by default.
> Thanks!
> -- Asheesh.
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