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Digital Media Outcasts: Emergency Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities
Accessibility accommodations need to be as diverse as humanity itself. Robert Pearson makes a case for accessible Emergency Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities.
A few months ago, my colleague remarked on how curious it was that children's literature continued to focus on teaching children about farming and farm animals and the noises that they make. Being a father to a little one, it hadn't occurred to me up to that point, having read my daughter a number of stories about horses, rabbits and ducks, how out of context that may be in our urban condo, in the big city, in the digital age. A few weeks later, Toronto was struck by a massive rain storm causing wide spread flooding and power outage at our condo for a full two days. Both of these incidents reminded me of just how tenuous our reliance on all things digital may be.
On the first night of the blackout we became dependent on our mobile devices for any source of news or media. We monitored the local utility company’s Twitter feed for the next tweet as to when the power might come back on. We made phone calls via Skype as the power to the portable phones failed, and eventually phone service itself, along with the water supply and elevator service also disappeared. The following morning I lined up at a electrical outlet running on emergency power where people had gathered to plug in their mobile devices for a few minutes to be able to check the news, download their mail or call into work to say that they wouldn't be in that day.
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