(this is not meant to discrimminate against people who are hearing
Laurence Bathurst wrote:
> Hi all
> Well if your gonna bite that bullet Mairian, whose gonna bite this one?
> Who controls the agenda for people with cognitive impairment? (is that ok
> to use?) I mean people who have intellectual/ developmetal disabilities and
> people who have aquired a brain injury for instance?
> Is there any chance of having universal knowledge, functional ability and
> technology accessible and available to all people so that they can compete
> equally for jobs and other life opportunities?
> If we can ask a workplace to provide physical access can we also ask a
> workplace to provide maybe a keyboard template and artificial intelligence?
> I realise an employer does not have to employ someone who doesn't have the
> ability to do the job but if a person with quadraplegia's physical access
> was impeded by stairs then one of the requirements (or skills) in order to
> do the job, it might be said, would be to walk, crawl,or be carried up the
> stairs to one's office. Thank goodness we now have laws which (attempt to)
> address these access issues.
> So what skills should a person with an intellectual disability be expected
> to have in order to do a job?..I mean what is a reasonable accessibility
> adjustment? How do we make this list accessible to people with a cognitive
> imapirment for instance?
> At 02:51 PM 6/30/99 +0100, you wrote:
> >OK - I'm going to 'bite the bullet' as they say and play Devil's Advocate.
> >Of course I fully accept that a lot of the time we get into the 'us' and
> >'them' scenario. I also know and understand the history of the creation of
> >such a scenario and who usually ends up on top controlling the agenda! This
> >knowledge teaches me that opportunities for disabled people in employment
> >are unequal, often because institutionalised discrimination has prevented
> >many of us from getting equal qualifications and equal experience, and so
> >we start out on an unequal footing. However, our knowledge, skills and
> >experience are often very considerable, just not 'approved' in official
> >certificates, CVs, and biased job criteria, and would in many cases save a
> >lot of trouble and money if put to good use.
> With best regards
> Laurence Bathurst
> University of Sydney
> School of Occupation and Leisure Sciences
> Faculty of Health Sciences
> East Street (P.O. Box 170)
> Lidcombe NSW 1825
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> There is not one shred of evidence that supports the notion that life is