Sunday, July 29, 2012
Symbol Access in the Community
Many children and adults use symbol based language/communication systems to engage in daily interactions, access content, work, leisure etc. In the United States and other countries, Braille is often available on public restrooms, ATMs etc. Most texts, newspapers & magazines can also be translated into Braille easily or other digital formats to be accessed. There are also audio and or video recordings available in many places so that people can access information. The next step we must take is to have symbols available so that people who use this form of language have better access. We already have universal symbols available for common concepts such as stop, restrooms, exit etc. We need to take this a step further. Many schools and organizations have been active in assisting in this. Please share your ideas, successes and stories. Symbol accessibility is critical. Some of the public libraries also contain adaptive materials which include symbols. We just need to push a little harder and make a difference step by step. Here is an interesting project in the UK which looks at making museums much More accessible. Access-Ability Communications Technology . Symbols are a valid form of language that needs to be recognized much more.