[bksvol-discuss] Fw: [BLMT] OT Technology Bill of Rights for the Blind

  • From: "Chela Robles" <cdrobles693@xxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2010 14:12:41 -0800

I told you all I'd post something about accessibility, so here it is.
Chela Robles
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Technology Bill of Rights for the Blind



Chris Danielsen

Director of Public Relations

National Federation of the Blind

(410) 659-9314, extension 2330

(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

<mailto: cdanielsen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@nfb.org

Trevor Kincaid

Communications Director

Office of Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

(202) 225-2111

U. S. Representative Jan Schakowsky Introduces

Technology Bill of Rights for the Blind

National Federation of the Blind Applauds Measure

To Ensure Blind People Equal Access to Technology

Washington, DC (January 27, 2010): Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) today 
introduced the Technology Bill of Rights for the Blind (H. R.
4533), which will mandate that all consumer electronics, home appliances, 
kiosks, and electronic office technology provide user interfaces that are 
accessible to the blind.

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: "The 
National Federation of the Blind appreciates the wise and decisive action taken 
today by Representative Schakowsky. In recent years, advances in microchip and 
digital technology have led to the proliferation of everyday products--such as 
dishwashers or copy machines--that have visual displays and other user 
interfaces that are inaccessible to individuals who are blind or have low 
vision. Inaccessibility of these devices is a major barrier to a blind person's 
independence and productivity. The Technology Bill of Rights will ensure that 
manufacturers make their products accessible to all consumers, and that blind 
people will not be left behind as technology continues to advance."

"The importance of access to technology in today's society cannot be 
overstated. In many cases, a person's livelihood depends upon the ability to 
use technology," said Representative Schakowsky. "This bill will allow people 
who are blind or have low vision to compete on a level playing field with their 
sighted peers and remain productive members of society."


About the National Federation of the Blind

With more than 50,000 members, the National Federation of the Blind is the 
largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the 
United States. The NFB improves blind people's lives through advocacy, 
education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and 
self-confidence. It is the leading force in the blindness field today and the 
voice of the nation's blind. In January 2004 the NFB opened the National 
Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, the first research and training 
center in the United States for the blind led by the blind.

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