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HCI and UX design is a big part of my degree so I found it quite interesting and thought I'd share it:

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Universities increasingly outsource e-mail and other services to companies like Google—but if Google's software isn't usable by all students, are the schools breaking the law?

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the largest and oldest nationwide organization for those with blindness, has filed a complaint with the Department of Justice alleging that New York University, Northwestern University, and certain Oregon public schools are violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. The complaints, sent March 15, call upon the DOJ to investigate the schools’ use of Google’s education software, and they include videos describing the accessibility problems.
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I can understand why the would not like that, but its kinda stupid to rip the rest of the kids out of a great education.
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Yes, we must cater to the minority, not the majority. *sigh*
 
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Originally Posted by juhansoo12 View Post
Yes, we must cater to the minority, not the majority. *sigh*
Kind of sad.

The human is the only animal in the whole planet that helps the less able and forgets about the strong one.

Let's make some statistics:

Take that one in a thousand students is blind.

Okay, screw all the 999 students that aren't blind, because the one that is, needs education.


What about making special schools for those minorities instead of blowing up the rest's education?


No discrimination intended in my post.
   
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Yes, we must cater to the minority, not the majority. *sigh*
White males are a minority in California. Do they get any special treatment/grants/scholorships/benefits because of it? Of course not.
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Lets have uprising and break some stuff.
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Kind of sad.

The human is the only animal in the whole planet that helps the less able and forgets about the strong one.

Let's make some statistics:

Take that one in a thousand students is blind.

Okay, screw all the 999 students that aren't blind, because the one that is, needs education.


What about making special schools for those minorities instead of blowing up the rest's education?


No discrimination intended in my post.
Because that is basically against the law as it is on the books. Don'y like it, write your Congresspeople.
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White males are a minority in California. Do they get any special treatment/grants/scholorships/benefits because of it? Of course not.
I'm not sure if white male can be classified as a disability.
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Pro tip, use whatever client software over POP3/IMAP that you want.
Or you could simply forward your e-mail to an address/domain where certain technologies are made available.

Instead of complaining they should have taken 5 seconds to find a solution.
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I'm not sure if white male can be classified as a disability.
A Latina girl I tried to date once seemed to think so!

But yeah I'm all for helping the minority (hells yeah!), but not at the sacrifice of the majority. It is a step backwards.
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