Re: Visual Verification: Petition Asks Yahoo to Tear Down "No Blind People Allowed" Sign

  • From: "Gary Wood" <k8hlx@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcasting@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2007 01:23:54 -0500

I don't know if that's a good choice of words that he may have used, but if we 
can't have an accessible audio method of captia, then it seems like segregation 
to me.  Maybe segregation may be a poor choice of words, but it feels that way 
to me.  I'm sorry!  
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Allison Sheridan 
  To: Darrell Shandrow 
  Cc: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx ; jfw-employment@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ; BlindNetDaily owners 
and primary contributors internal list. ; blindcasting@xxxxxxxxxxxxx ; 
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  Sent: Wednesday, July 18, 2007 8:11 AM
  Subject: Re: Visual Verification: Petition Asks Yahoo to Tear Down "No Blind 
People Allowed" Sign

  Darrell - 

  I'm extremely offended by your description of Yahoo as being like the people 
who denied African Americans access during segregation.  I understand that you 
don't feel the telephone callback scheme is sufficient, but to suggest that 
because it's more difficult is the same as segregation is offensive, AND 

  I won't be signing this one because of the approach you're taking.  working 
WITH people works better than insulting them and accusing them of egregious 


  On Jul 15, 2007, at 10:15 PM, Darrell Shandrow wrote:

    We ask all of you to review and sign the Yahoo's Accessibility Improvement 
Petition at asking the 
company to make an audio alternative to its CAPTCHA available so that the blind 
and visually impaired will be permitted timely access to the same services as 
those already granted the sighted. The use of a telephone callback scheme is 
totally insufficient as it does not grant the same level of instant access as 
the sighted and Yahoo personnel 
    do not consistently make contact in a timely manner. It is our ongoing 
contention that visual only CAPTCHA schemes without at least an accessible audio
    alternative represent "No Blind People Allowed" signs in much the same way 
as African-Americans were deliberately denied entry to restaurants and other
    similar public accomodations in the era of segregation. We ask Yahoo to 
simply fix their grievous error by promptly adding an audio CAPTCHA to all its
    properties as soon as possible as part of the company's ongoing 
accessibility initiatives.

    Darrell Shandrow - Accessibility Evangelist
    Information should be accessible to us without need of translation by 
another person.
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