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  1. Oct 2016
    1. Gesturing towards universality, DSDJ seeks to reach non-US Deaf communities. Most contributions include a summary in sign language by the author. Many items have downloadable PDFs presenting equivalent content in English. Some items are in International Sign (IS), a Deaf contact language when signers have mutually unintelligible languages. By incorporating languages beyond ASL, DSDJ is partially accessible to users unfamiliar with ASL or English.

      I think this is incredibly vital to the argument about technological access for all! I just learned about a year ago that sign languages have differences in accents. I assumed it was just language. It shows that there are at least two barriers for deaf people who do not know ASL, and there could be even more who have not had aces to ASL ever in their lives. I feel that International Sign is great, a nice place to start. However I would like to see other languages added. If google translate can do it, why can't we?

    2. n their opening “Access Statement,” Yergeau et al. acknowledge that “Universal design is a process, a means rather than an end. There’s no such thing as a universally designed text. There’s no such thing as a text that meets everyone’s needs. That our webtext falls short is inevitable.” They caution that the inevitable failure of UD “is not a justification for failing to consider what audiences are invited into and imagined as part of a text.” Rather, the recognition of failure at the heart of Universalist paradigms can enable us to attend more closely to the particular embodied orientation of users and stakeholders

      For a minute this part discouraged me. It made me think, can we REALLY have technology for all? I would think with the way the world is advancing, yes.

    3. For example, Williams encourages a reciprocity between user and designer, arguing that “by working to meet the needs of disabled people—and by working with disabled people through usability testing—the digital humanities community will also benefit significantly as it rethinks its assumptions about how digital devices could and should work with and for people.

      I like how they highlights Williams's insight. I think the main reason that technology is advancing is that more and more demands are needed to be met. Everyday, there is more data to be analyzed, more information to know, and new content to stream. I feel like as we advance if we leave others behind simply because they are not able that says a lot about us as a society.

    4. Rosemarie Garland-Thomson

      This woman was also mentioned in the previous article.

    5. Bednarska relates how, at her own institution, the University of California at Berkeley, funding for disabled students to have assistants became more restricted and limited because of the promise of available technologies

      This is so unfair. Disabled people already have a disadvantage in society, and now schools can't provide them with the help they need? If we can land a man on the moon, if we can create camera that can see cells, if we can fly drones, we can make technology accessible to all.

    6. I completely agreed with this in the article in which it originated in. Often, older people like my mother find that technology is a burden to them. They do not feel included because they do not understand it. Educating and providing resources is the best thing we can do to make sure people are technologically literate.

    7. As a disabled academic reflecting on the intersections between Universal Design and Digital Humanities, I make two claims: 1. Universal Design and the resistance to digital tools both posit a universal subject; and 2. DH needs to balance its embrace of UD with further attention to the particulars of embodied experience.

      I'm so glad a person with a disability is on this. I think its odd when people who are able talk about disabilities. It doesn't make sense.

    8. Since ASL is a kinetic language using embodied actions including manual gestures and facial expressions as grammar, Flash Video clips are crucial for content.

      I think it's important that this videos also have subtitles.

    9. One website under discussion was the Deaf Studies Digital Journal (DSDJ) published by the ASL (American Sign Language) & Deaf Studies Department at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.[6] This journal’s use non-textual digital media for its linguistic content make it an intriguing case study.

      I think it's wonderful that we have journals for deaf people. I would hope that the writers in these journals would be deaf as well in order to create a more personal experience with the reader.

    10. Media theorist Jane Bringold observes that UD is not a discrete goal but a “Utopian ideal” (47).[1] No platform will ever be accessible across every language (spoken, written, signed), every medium, and every embodied difference (sensory, motor, cognitive).

      Firstly, I would like to know hoe one becomes a media theorist. Sounds Interesting.