Scott Hollier is a Senior Research Officer at Curtin University in the department of Internet Studies. He is a leading authority in the area of access to computers and the Internet for people with disability. Dr. Hollier authored a doctoral thesis titled “The disability divide: A study into the impact of computing and Internet-related technologies on people who are blind or vision impaired”. He can also provide a personal perspective as he is legally blind and relies on assistive technology to use computers and is on the advisory committee of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
ArticlesWriting in the American Annals of the Deaf in 1931, Emil S. Ladner Jr, a Deaf high school student, predicted the invention of words on screen to facilitate access to “talkies”. He anticipated:Perhaps, in time, an invention will be perfected that will enable the deaf to hear the “talkies”, or an invention which will throw the words spoken directly under the screen...Read more