Lesson 10: Contributing to AccessWorld
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After completion of the lesson, the student will be able to:
- State the purpose of a “Letter to the Editor.”
- Identify three ways self-advocacy can create change or impact the improvement of accessible products.
Materials needed: Notetaking device, Internet access
“In every issue of AccessWorld, there is a section titled, ‘Letters to the Editor.’ What is the purpose of this section? How do you think AccessWorld uses the letters? During this lesson you will have the opportunity to explore some of the letters and learn why it will be important for you as a young adult to continue to advocate for yourself and people like you with visual impairments.”
- Instruct the student to locate and read the Letters to the Editor in the May 2014 issue of AccessWorld
- Instruct the student to search AccessWorld using the keyword “Redbox.”
- Read the AccessWorld News Article: Redbox Discriminates Against the Blind by Failing to Provide Accessible Self-Service Kiosks.
- Does AccessWorld advocate for access for people with visual impairments? How does this advocacy benefit you? Can you join in?
- Instruct the student to search AccessWorld using the keyword “healthcare.”
- Read Are Health Care Websites Accessible to People with Vision Loss? The American Foundation for the Blind Reports Its Survey Results, by William Reuschel and Jaclyn Packer, Ph.D.
- Is AccessWorld a voice for you? How can you create change as a member of society when it comes to issues like access?
Activity: Write a Letter to the Editor
- Navigate to the AccessWorld website.
- On the right hand side of the webpage there is link to “contact the editor.”
- Instruct the student to submit a letter to the editor.
Letters may include comments about how the student will use or is using AccessWorld Magazine. Encourage students to also submit suggestions for the editor regarding content. Remind students to continue to visit AccessWorld for information regarding the array of efficiency tools available to meet their social, career, travel, fitness and personal access needs.
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