Accessibility's partners in crime

The word that best represents what I do is "Accessibility". Why? Because in my opinion, accessibility is one of the biggest challenges now in my country, Paraguay. Not only is internet accessibility still a main issue (although it is rapidly expanding), but access to information in general is difficult. As a Paraguayan, in order to obtain government-owned information, which is mine as a citizen and a taxpayer, I have to go through a true obstacle course to get it.

So in this last activity, I got the chance to find which words are "accessibility's" partners in crime :)

With Roberto, we analyzed the relationship between "accessibility" and "appropriation". First, we said that accessibility had to be guaranteed in order to ensure appropriation of information. However, once I have this information, it depends on me, and my own will, to make it accessible to others. For example, I could have chosen to make this blog entry "private" and accessible only to myself, or only to the "members"; but I decided to make it public, and therefore accessible to all of you! So basically, accessibility and appropriation work in a circle.

Next, Eddie and I explored how "opportunity" and "accessibility" interrelate. An opportunity must exist -or must be created- in order to have accessibility. For example, if I have a website in which I include information which is necessary to other people, I am giving them the opportunity to have access to this information. Users of this website can later share this opportunity of accessibility with others by sharing the website's link.

Last, Brendon and I had a conversation about how "rights" relate to "accessibility". I told him that although we have an article in the Paraguayan Constitution which guarantees citizens the right to access public information, we are yet to have this right regulated by a law. Thus, access to public information is often hindered or denied. Brendon told me that in Trinidad & Tobago, some groups, such as the gay & lesbian community, do not have access to a right against discrimination and can even be sent to jail! He and his team have been working hard to change this.

All in all, it has been very interesting to see first why people chose certain words to represent them and their work, and second to see how these different words relate to each other.

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Estefania_Salazar's picture

Hi Maria, and everybody

While having this discussion, did you particularly touch upon the topic of accesibility for people who live with disabilities? (within the digital natives world).

Just curious, here...

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