Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Fire, Facebook and a Man with MD


Bob Chambers, who has muscular dystrophy, was online playing a game on Facebook when a fire started in his kitchen. He provided his address on Facebook and others summoned help for him.

Luckily Bob had access to the internet and a way to reach out for help. Far too many people with disabilities can't afford to connect.

Meredith drew my attention to this article by Susannah Fox discussing the Pew report about people with disabilities and access to the media. It talks about barriers to the internet for disabled people and the need to develop low cost accessible hardware and software technology. Worth a read.

I'm glad Bob is doing okay and hope he has a speedy recovery.

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