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tv   The Stream 2018 Ep 44  Al Jazeera  March 16, 2018 7:32am-8:00am +03

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by police in summary as poorer district. the murder of council member mary ellen dr anderson is unacceptable like other associations that happened in rio de janeiro it's an attack against the rule of law and against democracy robert mugabe has spoken out for the first time since being ousted as zimbabwe's president has called his removal from office in november a coup saying it never thought emerson man and god where would turn against him the ninety four year old described his ousting as a military takeover the u.n. is warning more than two hundred seventy thousand people in new guinea need immediate humanitarian assistance the country is struggling to recover from a strong earthquake which hit more than two weeks ago tents medicine food and water . within one hundred people died in the quake and they've been several powerful aftershocks since then as the headlines
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a news continues on al jazeera after the stream. al-jazeera is a very important source of information for many people around the world all the time right or wrong i'm still here go into areas that nobody else is going to talk to people that nobody else is talking to and bringing that story to the forefront. hi i'm really could be and this is our and american sign language interpreter will be helping us conclude our weeklong coverage of the south by southwest conference in festivals in austin texas with a look at innovations in assistive technology for people with disability you're now in the stream live on al-jazeera and on you tube be sure to ask your questions in the chat and we'll do our best to get them into the conversation. my name mr
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shaw martino's and i am the creator of a crypto currency and i'm in the story. the world bank estimates that one billion people around the globe live with disability although technology exists to assist people with their mobility or communication accessibility remains a key issue in many areas including employment and education in disability rights activists have been girl most case it was about the ability to order a chocolate cake from her university's cafeteria resolve to improve accessibility for other students led her to become the first deaf blind graduate of harvard law school take a listen to what she said in twenty fifteen at an obama white house event marking the anniversary of a u.s. law that mandates equal opportunities for americans with disability. act in africa my success in law school seemed like magic for this year we know that
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people with disabilities succeed not only to. but through opportunities in america and the heart of power of the. dream i break it disability rights advocates i strive to ensure that people with disabilities have access to the digital world including internet services online businesses websites and apps every day i am reminded that as far as we've come the drive for equality is not over but joining us from our position at south by southwest. along with her assistant. welcome to the stream both of you and we're talking tech and accessibility so let's start by explaining to our audience the tools that you're using to communicate with us today
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hello and welcome so my name is hot then and i'm deaf blind and i use technology to help me communicate with people for example this device i have here i'm going to hold it up. so it's a computer with a real display on the bottom and tactile dots pop up on the display i ran my fingers over the dots and different dot patterns represent different letter is i'm using english braille braille is a tool and exists in lots of different languages airfix spanish german so it's a tool that allows people to communicate through touch through tactile so i use digital trail in connection with a keyboard it's a wireless keyboard and when someone types on the keyboard what they rate shows up in france cell and people are talking to me they can type on the keyboard and i'll read their words in braille or we could have an interpreter ariane is the
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interpreter for me today and she is typing on a keyboard and i'm reading in braille i'm looking forward to our amazing questions this afternoon and we do have a lot of good questions for you on twitter but before we get to them you've had quite a busy day today i pulled up on my laptop here the page for your panel at south by southwest festival and conference yes we can innovations in accessibility give us a highlight from that panel that you were just out just a few hours ago. one of the biggest highlights is how to frame disability a lot of people frame disability as charity that's problematic don't think of disability as charity disability. affects all of us all our bodies change change
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is part of the human condition if we're lucky we'll grow old and reach old age when our bodies will change and we deserve access and dignity at every stage of our life so design things to be accessible buildings apps websites so that everyone has access when you design for inclusion you're investing in yourself you're investing in your business so that everyone can access it there are one point three billion people with disabilities all over the world that's a significant population where the largest minority group so prioritize disability there chris truong business reasons for making it except for making your services accessible stop thinking about it as charity. i like design for inclusion i want to bring in a member of our community who had a question for you have been this is dan writer who tweeted into the show he wants
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to know what would you most like those of us outside of the death and blind communities to understand about your experience as a student and of course i'll remind our audience that you graduated from harvard law school so what would you like those outside of your community to know. solenn me out i'm part of many communities i'm a woman i'm a part of the community of people who identify as lohmann i'm also glad i'm also eritrean an ethiopian i'm part of many different communities death blindness is one of my identity is and it's very very unique the community is very small most of the time when i do something when i take a class go to the restaurant i'm usually the first blind person to to to go there and i have to be
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a pioneer and teach people and educate people i've learned to be a really strong self advocate and over time i realized hey these advocacy skills can also help other people so i turned myself advocacies cells into community advocacy and that's one of the reasons i decided to become a lawyer and so one thing i would love people who are not blind to know is that don't be afraid of the known reach out connect ask questions don't be afraid of what you don't know things are scary when they remain unknown when see you in gage ask questions learn it's not scary anywhere. so you talked about your advocacy we got a tweet on that in particular this is. a friend of the stream she's been on our show before and she is a comedian she says i have the privilege of meeting her been my question disability
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rights are currently under siege in the united states what advice does she have for advocates fighting to protect these rights. keith advocating stop advocating we also need to teach other people to advocate we want more advocates to join us in the movement i also want people to know that money should never be a barrier there are nonprofit law firms that will represent people with disabilities for free there are agencies where you can file complaints there's lots of free information on line so don't ever let money be a barrier if you want to make your website or app accessible check out the web content texas ability guidelines or apple and android accessibility guidelines
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because of lots of free information on line and lots of nonprofit agencies disability rights organizations that have tens of information to share for free or can consult provide training keep asking questions you need everyone to be advocates and i think that message is getting through this is tenet on twitter who writes people with disabilities constitute fifteen to twenty percent of the world's population and are so very early underrepresented in many industries have been reminds us that what prevents many people in this community from contributing their talent to society is the barriers that society puts in place with that habit i'm going to pause you there and our conversation to broaden out this conversation a little bit about assistive technology check out this video about a product for people with single side deafness shot by our producers other south by southwest street show. i'm a student from japan and i'm from the university of tokyo and actually i have
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single sided. one year and i have some problems. with hearing and like noisy places with many people come and have a conversation and i have some kind of hearing aid but as you know hearing aids have some kind of say and i'll fall it's kind of annoying because they have to put it on and off every time so i wanted to make some kind of product for myself just like i use my glasses so i decided to make all this class. it's called as years and it's kind of class that forced people with single sided deafness to help hearing and let me so you're how it works well all hear hear the microphones well i'm sorry i don't for example on this person has a definite in his right ear same as me and the sound coming from the right side will be transmitted to this class and then. this computer will do that kind of
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processing and then. conduct a speaker over here well i'm trying to make the best sounds to the left ear. that's how it works so as a result this person having a single sided deafness. can with this product he can. hear the bowl by the sound with one ear that's how our product works. so what other assistive technology and policies can increase inclusion and excess ability joining us now in monterrey mexico is marian though garcia ramos and inclusion and communication specialist at the monterey institute of technology and higher education she also attended this year's south by southwest conference as a panelist on the topic of sex beauty and women with disabilities said aaron swan is an assistive technology specialist working for a program within the department of disability in the us state of maryland and
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current n.y. a ball is the deputy project director for the partnership on employment and accessible technology for pete that's an organization that works to help employers companies and others understand the importance of accessible technology welcome to you all for this part of the conversation so we got a lot of comments online about examples of where technology meet accessibility this is just one this is andrew on twitter who says one example is apps that enable people to rate accessibility of places they visit or attempt to visit these are apps that tend to use existing mapping tack like google maps gradually crowdsource accessibility mapping can help mobility and accountability so that's just one example bear mary until you just return to mexico from the south by southwest conference did it live up to what's in this tweet here from andrew on ways to make
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things more accessible how accessible was your experience. thank you for having me on the show if you believe there's always opportunity for accessibility in my case i do have. and you think when it comes to the panels obviously there's always the unknown there are things that are not been asked previously but we'll be given feedback to be south by southwest but . haven't said something about it it's natural that people don't know when you have to ask and people are always usually afraid to ask about if you have a disability what ways can i help you to have the same opportunities from a panel to you know their big ones like education and access to entertainment concerts whatever so i do think we have we still do you have a big opportunity there but also if i compare it to the accessibility in my country
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particularly physical to accessibility or communication accessibility. we the united states are you are a step ahead but obviously we were going on and so speaking of mexico you started the mexican women movement and your goal is to change the way that people see others with disability and pulled up the instagram page here on my screen why was this important to you what's the message behind this. we created that mexican women with disabilities movement because we saw there was a lack of a presentation or a misguided representation of what disability is and particularly in issues that regard women. if we talk about the we don't have our biggest issue i think worldwide and you can see it with the un there and the c.r.b. is that we don't have data so if we don't have data then how are we supposed to
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know. what are we going to make better we don't measure it so we need to realize that there was a big opportunity. subject that matter with violence against women and particularly women with disabilities when it comes to abuse domestic violence and lack of education opportunities so we were like ok we're not represented clearly in what we consume that is pop culture if you talk about a person with a disability you see and mexican particularly out there knowing. you see a person with you know in a wheelchair with a checkered thing and on top of them crying because life is not good and then that's how the pity and charity culture of disability grows because that's what people know so we should represent ourselves and and we've made this movement for other women to empower their themselves and tell their stories and then start making those big changes that we need to do particularly in mexico and latin
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america so when we are talking about making things more inclusive kareen you know both of you actually do this work and erin you specifically work with matching people with technology that will help them live their best lives talk to us about that exactly and thank you thank you for having me here so i work at the maryland technology assistance program we have a library of a sister technology and our goal is to. to educate people make them aware of the technology that's available to them and individuals with disabilities can come visit us and try different pieces of technology we use something called the set framework to evaluate what could be the best options for someone to try e.t.t. first stude in the individual themselves we want to learn what are they able to do what are they having trouble with is for the environment we want to pick a solution that will work for whatever target environment that they're in the first
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team is for the task what specifically are they trying to accomplish the second t. is for the tool or technology that will hold up my screen here a picture of what your library looks like you can see it here if you want to squint a small picture but there is a lot of stuff here so what are some of describe what some of the tools in the technologies that you offer to people that we have technology in many categories are communication devices things for people who are blind or hard of hearing. we've got things for computer access for people with physical disabilities we serve all ages all types of disabilities are programmed specifically serves maryland we are project which actually exists in every state in the united states as well as the territories so there are fifty six of these programs that are very similar where we demonstrate assistive technology people can borrow the technology and try it out in their own environment for four weeks at a time to see if that going to work or not without having to put forward the
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investment for something that might not work out well i want to bring in a comment from a member of our community this is shay roseman and she's the founder of something called on board i'll have her tell you what it is have a look. onboard is a passenger check in system for paratransit writers in new york city using a smartphone app and other technology we enable riders to record and verify information about their trip like pick up and drop off times we then publish and share that information with community organizers and transit advocates to enable them to better do their work this solution was developed pretty specifically to address the challenges that new york city paratransit faces when it comes to timeliness and reliability ultimately though we'd like to use the data we collect to develop more advanced routing algorithms that could certainly have implications for writers in other cities so that is one example and i wonder if technology like that could lead to things like this is
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a tab i have open on my computer this is from the guardian website what a truly disabled accessible city look like a green do you think that technology like that is the way of the future is it coming absolutely i mean there are some really exciting possibilities out there you know the self driving cars are coming and if we can build and design them now in a way that we're thinking about the needs of all people that want to use them for example we'd want wheelchair ramps and lifts and that sort of thing included the ability to not just have a touch screen but also maybe i think about how you would use your voice like voice commands and all of that can you know come up with some of the other thing about the work that you do korean and i found it interesting just in our meeting ahead of the show is that you work to increase the employment rate of people with disabilities and one aspect that people don't often think about is the application
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online talk to us about that. absolutely so job applications are a huge issue right now. because so many of them have moved on line and for people with disabilities this can be a real problem if the job applications themselves are not accessible to use we did a survey a few years ago nationwide of people disabilities asking them what their experience applying to a job in the last year was like and we found that forty six percent had difficulty completing the application which is huge and actually their numbers we've seen suggest that number could be even higher especially since ours was a web service that assumes probably more tech savvy people. so that's a big problem because it means that a lot of candidates aren't even being considered or you know really an artificial
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barrier technology should be all about taking down barriers and so i wanted to share this we got from nancy. she says the impact of accessible tack on inclusion for people with disabilities is powerful accessible acceptable and inclusive tak allows each of us to be a true part of community accessible on its own is not enough it must be inclusive and as a person with a disability my accessible tech looks just like your watts or she's showing us that really it is tech that we're already using that could just be made more accessible mary i'll go i want to go back to you because i know that you had a question for hoben. yes i was sort of. a long while ago and i was a bias i can actually see her but i wanted to ask how do you think is it that we can actually start changing the conversation about accessibility worldwide to make it like bigger drugs like
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a bigger scope. a possibility as we've all said before it's a basically that allows us to have the same opportunity so how can we make it like a bigger broader conversation as an original question. story so when you marry and go can you sum up your question in just one sentence. how can we make accessibility. subject that is talked more about like in a bigger and broader scope so having the question is how do you make of this a bigger conversation taking the topic of accessibility and broadening it out. we can often corriente strategy for getting people engaged is to frame the issue in matters they're interested in so align
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a company as an organization's are interested in money. so if we could frame the issue around money and explain how accessibility investing in accessibility can drive revenue that can get people more excited about accessibility so some of the things to keep in mind is it's a large market one point three billion people so you get more customers in the long run also you avoid litigation litigation is very expensive and within the united states and many other countries there are laws requiring companies and organizations to ensure services are accessible to people with disabilities so you benefit in the long run and it increases revenue in business when you make it accessible so framing it around business interests for entities that are
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interested in businesses is a good argument to use to get more people excited and to get them to stop thinking about charity mariano is the one thing that you would want our community watching today show to take away from this conversation given the. things that i do believe we have to. celebrate our differences in our day with diversity even more because dots makes us every one of us interesting so accessibility is our way to actually celebrate our talents and not our limitations. well said give the very last word to someone i'm a quitter nancy just as we live in an incredible time of innovation the more we build and design with everyone in mind the less we require accessibility that's all the time we have for today thanks to all of the guests this week who joined us here in d.c. and from south by southwest in austin texas you can you do need to follow along
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with all of these stories through their hash tag a stream. in the worst mass shooting in united states in modern times the gunman owned forty seven guns and had twenty three of those firearms with him at the time of the shooting. united states of america has. excessive attraction and love for guns in a way that other countries just don't have and that's why she helped put together an exhibit at one church to help raise awareness to gun violence through art and in this piece two shoes on each piece of tissue
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a name and age of someone killed by gun violence in the area. it is called loving arms of course it's a play on words arms being what we used to hug or pray somebody but also arms being weapons as well the message here in this world needs more love and less violence. the carter center. what makes this moment this era we're living through so unique this is really an
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attack on food itself is a lot of misunderstanding a distortion even of what free speech is supposed to be about the context it's hugely important to have a right to publish if you have a duty to be offensive will provoke if there will be otherwise people do setting the stage for a serious debate. up front at this time on al-jazeera. we're going to be tough on russia until they decide to change their behavior there are some poses new sanctions on russia for alleged meddling in the twenty six thousand election moscow says it will retaliate.

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