Guest blogger on accessibility

by Frankie Pagnacco on 10 September 2009

For the first 3 years of his education Rhodri Buttrick was unable to learn to read or write. His parents, due to their tenacity, finally got a diagnosis of Dyslexia and Dyspraxia for him and were able to place him in an specialist school where his specific learning needs were accommodated.

Rhodri can ride a bike but isn’t good at directions. He can’t hand write, making form filling difficult. He uses speech recognition to produce all his written work and for his exams. He also uses software for reading from the screen, but wasn’t able to read the instructions for setting it up.These are the kinds of ongoing challenges he faces. Nevertheless he is highly creative with his own website and radio station and performs live stand-up comedy.

Rhodri is now 19 and preparing to enter Reading University. He has kindly agreed to chronicle this life changing experience for Webcredible in a regular blog.

As user experience practitioners, we at Webcredible know that we are never the user and most times it is very difficult for us to put ourselves in the shoes of someone who faces accessibility issues. Rhodri’s posts will reveal the issues and barriers he encounters in general, and those specific to his Dyslexia and Dyspraxia especially where technology is concerned; providing all of us with a better understanding of the accessibility issues he faces as he enters university.

Over to Rhodri…

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