The realization barrier

Greetings from our business desk and I’m Scott Savoy with our weekend
It is a typical fall weekend and I hope that you are able to get out there
and enjoy the fresh cool air, the fall colours, and so much more.
Today I am pleased to share our president’s editorial with you and for this
week Donna J. Jodhan talks about the ralization barrier.
Want to know more? I invite you to read on.
Happy weekend everyone!


The realization barrier

I will humbly submit that realization could be classified as a barrier and
why? Because in my humble opinion, unless one is either forced to realize
or is unexpectedly made to do so; this remains a barrier.

It is similar to the concept of walk a mile in my shoes and please allow me
to clarify the picture.

So often and too often a person would honestly try to be either nice or try
to feign understanding or compassion or some similar feeling when asked for
their opinions on a topic or subject with which their familiarity is lacking
or weak. All well and good but in reality they do not understand and cannot
understand unless they are directly related to the topic or subject at hand
or have a friend, family member, or associate who is.
Or better yet; if they themselves live the circumstance.

I see this so often. Especially so when a person is asked to participate in
accessibility development. No amount of reading up on this topic would help
to clarify the picture. It would definitely help to familiarize the person
with accessibility development but in the final analysis this is as far as
they can go.

There is nothing wrong with this but what could and would help is if the
individual involved would change their approach to seek assistance from
someone who lives the circumstance.

In other words: I urge developers to redirect their thinking to follow this
If you have never lived the circumstance in question, then be strong enough
to go out there and obtain the relevant literature.
Next, seek out the expertise of someone who lives the circumstance.
Finally, put the two together.

It’s like this!
No one expects you to fully understand what it is like to use a screen
reader to access the Internet. You can try to understand by closing your
eyes and this will definitely help but the complete picture would not become
clear to you unless you were forced to either live it or to be close to
someone who does.

In other words; unless you live a particular circumstance, you should not
claim to fully understand.
Just my two cents for today.

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