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A11ylondon the future is deaf


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Keynote presentation at A11y London unconference on 19th September. It illustrates some of the issues and highlights statistics and is a personal perspective on the future is deaf.

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A11ylondon the future is deaf

  1. 1. The Future is Deaf Alison Smith Disability meets Digital Alison Smith
  2. 2. Some of the companies we have challenge around digital accessibility issues with success
  3. 3. Website | widget | API | Access symbols
  4. 4. UK Statistics: Disability the reality UK (2008) £269.9 BnDisabled market (2008) £80 Bn Older people (2008) £97 Bn No of Disabled people by age (2008) Older people (2010) £100 Bn+ 0 75 150 225 300 Consumer spend (£billion) Source: Office for Disability Issues - 2012 Legacy for Disabled People: Inclusinve and Accessible Business http:// 77,000 7,000,000 5,000,000 Under 16 16-60 Over 60
  5. 5. Hearing loss Normal Hearing Mild Deafness 25-39DbDifficulty following Difficulty following Moderate Deafness 40-69Db Hearing Aids Rely a lot on lip Severe Deafness 70-94Db Sign BSL first languagelanguage Profound Deafness 95Db+
  6. 6. The Future is Deaf - we are invisible 70% of over 70s & 1 : 6 of the UK 1 : 10 UK adults40s of over 50% have population have mild tinnitussome form of hearing loss 45,000 deaf children 800,000 experience severely / temporary hearingprofoundly deaf loss 356,000 2m have hearing 1% havecombined visual & aids only 1.4m use servere tinitushearing impairment them regularly Source: Action on Hearing Loss
  7. 7. A Deafie’s digital life Paul Taylor closed develops TTY captioning [cc ] system / first Text The Jazz Singer first previewed relay system for 1980 Milan 1st *talkie* film US national 1880 deaf people set up first closed 1927 conf on TV captioned TV 1970s 1971 series (USA) 1971 TDD concept was1876 1964 closed captioning [cc ] developed by JamesBell acoustic coupler first previewed Marsters d 2009invents US national conf on TV deaf dentist + private modem invented bytelephone airplane Robert Weitbrecht, collected old deaf physicist 1992 teleprinter machines I received from Social Services 1960> my first amplified telephone, minicom, Mountcastle flashing light system fax machine
  8. 8. A Deafie’s digital life sent my first first job digital applicati hearing on by 1st aids email[inf NHSNokiacommunicator Phonak[ o sent in digital my first iphone used skype for 2012 post on a hearing9000 built inmincom ATW pay] disk] aids first time >>>> 2009software 2000 2002 2005 ?1996 2008 2000 Nokia bought 2012 Orticon communicator 9110i HTC programmed email / fax mobile bluetooth / with wireless to my email / mac Artone neck loop
  9. 9. 3.9m disabled adults Compared with 3.91 MILLION = 34% of ALL 1 : 10 people have disabled adults non-disabled peopleNEVER used the [10%] who have internet 1 : 3 people have never used the[up to June 2012] never used the internet internet Digital by Default The 3.9m representsDisabled people are 38% of adults 65 yrs less than 50% of the3 times more likely + have never used 7.28m adults who to NEVER use the the internet. have never used the internet than non- That’s 2.12m people internet disabled people 2:5Sources: Arbitrary Constant: @rich_watts | Office for NationalStatistics Internet Access Quarterly Update, 2012 Q2:
  10. 10. 6 June 2012#subtitlesnow [UK]#CAPTIONthis [USA] 3,113 people were invited by 700 people to take part 13,024 read the posts 1,314 tweets sent reaching 50,836 twitter accounts
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  12. 12. The Future is Deaf - we are invisible 1 : 10 UK adults 70% of over 70s & 1 : 6 of the UK have mild tinnitus40s of over 50% have populationsome form of hearing loss 45,000 deaf children experience temporary hearing loss 800,000 severely /profoundly deaf 2m have hearing 1% have 356,000 aids only 1.4m use servere tinitus combined visual & them regularly hearing impairment 5% of TV programmes BSL interpreted 70,000 BSL users 80% subtitled 23,000 Deaf/Blind people 0% online accessible from broadcasters