|trouble (trouble) wrote,|
@ 2011-03-28 01:49 pm UTC
|Entry tags:||canadian content, canadian content: alexa has my vote, canadian content: canada votes 2011|
Canadians! Do me a favour when you interact with the politically-motivated over the next 35 days: Ask them about the accessibility of the campaign they are part of or heading.
Keep these issues, brought up by the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, in mind:
Some examples of components of an accessible election campaign:
- Television advertisements with captioning and descriptive video [I would add YouTube videos as well]
- Accessible web sites
- Plain language campaign materials
- Offices with level access and other features of universal design
- ASL/LSQ interpretation at public meetings
- Inclusion of people with disabilities, particularly youth with disabilities, as campaign volunteers [Not as mascots, for crying out loud]
- Town hall meetings in accessible locations, where there is designated handicapped parking
- Campaign offices that are barrier-free
I am more than happy to expand on any of these topics, and even have in my collection of information links to offices that will happily work with politicians to ensure their campaigns are as accessible as possible. But I am really tired, and if politicians and their campaigners can afford to pay someone to design their campaign material, they can also afford to pay someone to ensure that same material is accessible.