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

  • From: Soronel Haetir <soronel.haetir@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2010 15:22:08 -0900

Sorry, I don't like this.  Saddling manufacturers with costs for
features that the market doesn't call for is no way to engender either
progress in technological development or general acceptance for the
blind.  Of course, a just introduced bill is pretty meaningless in the
scheme of things.  Let me know when it gets out of committee in both
houses of Congress.

On 1/28/10, Chela Robles <cdrobles693@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I told you all I'd post something about accessibility, so here it is.
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> Chela Robles
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> Subject: [BLMT] OT Technology Bill of Rights for the Blind
> 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)
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> 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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