Archive for October, 2010

Deaf Digital inclusion is meaningless without real action (and money)

Today sees the launch of the new e-accessibility guidelines by the coalition government at an event in London I’m hoping that they will begin to address the issues I’m raising below. Calling us ‘the disabled’ is not a good starting point! Putting vocabury aside Ed Vaizey said: “A successful digital economy can only be achieved if everyone can enjoy the same advantages that technology offers, like access to public services,... 
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Video complaint to Baroness Warsi Chair of Conservatives

This video is an open letter of complaint to Baroness Warsi, Chair of Conservative Party asking why my complaints about Conservative website video content and live streaming of the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham is inaccessible to Deaf or Hard of Hearing people. I sent an email complaint on 4 October, I also sent twitter messages since then to the Head of Digital for the Conservatives, twitter account @conservatives and used hashtag #cpc10. In... 
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Conservatives ignores Deaf complaints

Update: Still no response to our complaints why The Conservative Party conference is being streamed live but without providing subtitles or British Sign Language so that Deaf and Hard of hearing people can follow proceedings on their website. Why should we wait till the news reports come on when hearing people can follow proceedings live online? Should we only access it via TV coverage? Unfortunately NONE of the video content available on the Conservative... 
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Inaccessible websites not covered under Equalities Act 2010

Following on from asking if The  Conservative Party were breaking the law for not streaming their conference live with BSL and subtitles The Equality and Human Rights Act have advised me to deal with this – by complaining to the Internet Watch Foundation. The Internet Watch Foundation is for reporting: “Child sexual abuse content, criminally obscene adult content and incitement to racial hatred content.” My complaint is none of... 
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Are the Conservatives Party breaking the law?

As the focus this week’s is on the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham (3-6th October). The Conservatives like all political parties are steaming their conferences and announcements live on their website. However is the failure of ALL parties to make their content accessible to Disabled and Deaf people discriminatory and breaking the Equalities Act 2010 that came into force on 1st October 2010? This legislation supposedly strengthens... 
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