<apology> Before I get started on finishing my part in this, I apologize if I have, or am about to, offend/piss off anyone. Also please bear in mind that I DO use a wheelchair everyday, and I HAVE researched this thoroughly in both personal experience and statistical data. </apology> >A fifth is rather a high figure, 5. How many people are affected by issues of Web accessibility? The percentage of people with disabilities in many populations is between 10% and 20%. Not all disabilities affect access to information technologies such as the Web (for instance, difficulty walking, or a heart condition, would not affect Web access) but many do. Just as with other parts of the population, not all people with disabilities have access to the Web. But the number of people using the Web is steadily increasing, and for people with disabilities access to this technology is sometimes even more critical than for the general population which may have an easier time accessing traditional sources of information such as print media. [quoted from "Fact Sheet for "Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0" http://www.w3.org/1999/05/WCAG-REC-fact#demographics "] >I could of course be wrong but I wonder what definition of disability was >used in that census. One needs only take a cursory glance at US media to see >how many Americans reckon they suffer from some type of disability. The extensive set of disability questions that have been asked in SIPP makes it the preferred source for examining most disability issues. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) defines disability as a "physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities". For person 15 years old and over, the SIPP disability questions cover limitations in functional activities (seeing, hearing, speaking, lifting and carrying, using stairs, and walking), in ADL's or activities of daily living (getting around inside the home,getting in or out of a bed or chair, bathing, dressing, eating, and toileting), and in IADL's or instrumental activities of daily living (going outside the home, keeping track of money or bills, preparing meals, doing light housework, and using the telephone). The SIPP also obtains information on the use of wheelchairs and crutches, canes, or walkers; the presence of certain conditions related to mental functioning, the presence of a work disability, and the disability status of children. In contrast to the comprehensive data available from the SIPP, the decennial census provides data on only a few dimensions of disability, and the CPS data concern only work disability [Quoted from "Introduction to Census Bureau Data on Disability" http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/disable/intro.html ] This is a collection of information about Evaluation, Repair, and Transform Tools to be used by Web content developers and users to make the Web more accessible. http://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/existingtools.html Of particular use and liking to/for me: Bobby by CAST Developed by CAST, Bobby helps authors determine if their sites are accessible. It does this through automatic checks as well as manual checks. It also analyzes Web pages for compatibility with various browsers. You may either download Bobby and run it locally, or use it through a Web interface on CAST's site. The downloadable version is written in Java and takes advantage of the accessibility support in Java. (1999) http://www.cast.org/bobby ============================================= Brendan W. Vittum webwarrior at directionx.com This email may be confidential and contain commercially sensitive information. Only the intended recipient may access or use it. If you are not the intended recipient please delete this email and notify us promptly. We use virus scanning software but exclude all liability for viruses or similar in this email or any attachment.