Many don't realize how helpful great relationships can be in creating
access. I am often asked tremendous access was achieved at the nation's
largest banks. The short answer is that folks worked really hard to develop
highly positive relationships and inform people on access issues and
concerns. Talking ATM's are much more accessible because of these
relationships and other approaches like lawsuits would likely have yielded
less. Currently, I am working with a large producer of voting machines in
improving its audio interface. We are making steady progress in various
degrees of significance. Others throughout the country have offered the
same suggestions. Why are we succeeding? Because of the relationships we
have developed with our local officials and representatives of the voting
machine company. They share our dream of creating a workable solution so
people with disabilities can cast a private vote independently, as stated in
the Constitution of the United States.
Andrew also provides a great service where he sends along the best podcasts that he has heard. check it out on Giga dial.
I just thought you should know that Andrew, the person so involved in making
iPodder so accessible now works for Adam Curry's Podshow. This is just huge
for us having someone like that as part of Podshow. Good luck Andrew!!!