People with Intellectual Disabilities at the Boston Accessibility Unconference

The Boston Accessibility Unconference is Saturday, May 15, 2010, from 10 AM to 5 PM at the Adobe facility in Waltham, Massachusetts.  (Please join us!)

I invited a couple of people from the focus group that is assisting me with the Clear Helper project.  They may learn valuable information that would help them navigate the Web better than they can now.  While I hope that happens, I confess I have another hope.

I think it would be great if the Web accessibility community gains personal experience with people who have intellectual disabilities.  I have noticed the community, in general, lacks interest in cognitive Web accessibility.  I have multiple theories about the cause.  Among them is that developers have little exposure to people with cognitive disabilities, in particular folks with intellectual disabilities.

The people in the focus group are great self-advocates.  I don’t think they would be shy about telling people at the unconference how they find Web sites to be inaccessible.  Perhaps this would help motivate attending developers, for example, to produce Web sites more accessible to them.