In my language

Two years ago today, Roger Hudson and I posted an article on Gez Lemon’s excellent Juicy Studios site called Developing sites for users with Cognitive disabilities and learning difficulties.

For those who want an insight from an Autistic person’s perspective, the Youtube movie “In My Language” is well worth watching.

This is not a look-at-the-autie gawking freakshow as much as it is a statement about what gets considered thought, intelligence, personhood, language, and communication, and what does not.

In My Language

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Date: 30 January 2007
Author: Russ Weakley
Category: Accessibility, Web, Web standards
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  1. Martin says:

    Wow, as she herself said; I would never have belived she had written this if I met her on the street. Very insightful makes you think.

  2. [...] Russ sent me the following link this morning: ‘In My Language’. If you’ve ever been interested in gaining insight on austism and (mis)communication then here’s a chance to increase your understanding. It’s already changed my day.    [...]

  3. madame1010 says:

    I’ve read some books about austism. They have a strong sense of touch and temperature. This woman who used to be an austism said that the world was like looking through the thin cotton curtains, full of soft light but a bit blurry. People’s voices as well. She described it as listening through a filter. This helps me to see another possibility of communication which lies right next to mine.

  4. Ricky Onsman says:

    Good stuff, Russ. I worked in disability services for 10 years, which is where I acquired the impetus to use the web as an IQ test-neutral avenue for information dissemination. I made some progress writing web pages for people with mild intellectual disability while with a national peak advocacy body. It’s really, really hard work but by golly it makes you focus.

    More lately, I’m trying to tap into some of that (including many of the guidelines you mention in your 2005 piece) to design web pages on education issues for people who have English as a second language.

    Plain English is hard work in print. The web has great potential in this area.

    Thanks for posting this item. A little understanding goes a long way.

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