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Comment Re:Berkley didn't do this to be jerks (Score 1) 554

government and society certainly have a duty to the disabled in Mr. Harmon's case, and it's admirable that he is doing something productive and valuable with his time. but that's also government and society, what exactly are we paying them for if they're foisting that responsibility onto each institution or private entity that comes in contact with mr. harmon and people like him?

the two questions i have are, what is the most fiscally responsible solution, and who pays for it?

give him interpreter services sure, government can contribute to that and you can argue they should. make every good and service in the united states that that person could potentially come in contact to, 'disability-proof' for all known disabilities? that is a waste of money and labor and fiscally irresponsible but that is the intent of the law.

the ADA makes exception for financially burdensom actions. that a entity has more than enough means to cover an action and won't be forced to close... does not make the action more cost-effective or more wise. even the law has provision in the case where accommodation with its provisions would be ruinous to the enterprise, because it's better for society to have a non-compliant business and product than to have no product at all.

Comment Re:Berkley didn't do this to be jerks (Score 1) 554

nope that was it, and i wasn't trying to be facetious, i was not aware of the braille machine, though one wonders who pays for that 1300 dollar device...

the analogy in this case would be that berkeley should be responsible for purchasing the machine for the deaf and blind person. because, you know, why not? if they're responsible for transcribing the audio, why aren't they also held liable for rendering the transcription into braille?

at some point you really must draw the line. my view of the scope of this law is that if there is a single person classified as disabled who cannot access this content free of charge to themselves, berkeley is doing something contravening the ADA and can be held liable for it.

a blind and deaf quadripalegic then, if they so chose could sue berkeley to have this information made accessible in their preferred transfer medium.

this course we are taking will certainly result in equality, we will all be equally poor and ignorant.

Comment Re:The Irony (Score 1) 554

i'd be hardpressed to justify hiring a signlanguage translator for every lecture that they're releasing for free.

it seems more likely that each disabled student is assigned a dude that follows them around to translate for them. or you know, they book someone for only the lectures with hearing disabled peoples.

Comment Re:Berkley didn't do this to be jerks (Score 1) 554

hrm... could they release purely audio recordings of lectures? not quite as good, but still serviceable.

unless.... could they demand closed captioning on audio recordings too? that would be hilarious.

i think berkeley should release audio recordings in the future and see what happens.

you know it's gone off the rails when making an end-run around the ADA is the right thing to do.

Comment Re:Scary stuff (Score 1) 279

interesting, what would be the downstream consequences of that?

transportation expense, delivery expense. your goods don't magically arrive on the shelves after all.

would that bump up the cost of manufacture in america? slow down the yadda yadda? what would that do to manufacturing incentives for companies based in the US, would it incentivize relocating manufacturing overseas even more than it is currently? when not only the cost of labor is significantly cheaper, but the energy as well?

tourism is a 1.5 trillion dollar industry apparently.

1 trillion in direct spending, of that 800 billion was by domestic travelers. transportation cost increases would hit that thing like a bag of bricks.

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