Journalist Advocates Better Online Access For Blind

  • From: "Kelly Pierce" <kellyjosef@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2005 14:11:55 -0600

I was surfing and found this article describing Darrell's efforts at the portable media conference in California. I thought everyone would be interested in it.


All Headline News, Canada

Saturday, November 12, 2005

   Journalist Advocates Better Online Access For Blind

   By Jasen K Lee, Staff Reporter

   Ontario, CA (AHN) - The editor of Weblog, Blind Access Journal is
calling for online broadcasters and e-zines to make their content
accessible to the visually impaired. Speaking at the Portable Media Expo,
Darrell Shandrow, who himself is blind, says too many online journals and
podcasts are unavailable to the visually disabled because their content is

   Shandrow says the technology exists for podcasters and online sites to
make content available, but many are slow to recognize the audience
they're alienating.

   He suggests all content providers take the time to employ the
technology that will allow the blind to "read" written articles or blogs
through audio links. Also, Shandrow says some podcasts are inaccessible
because their content is not formatted for the visually impaired to hear

   Shandrow explains the changes necessary to increase online
availability are not difficult and require little extra effort. However,
too often, the disabled are not included in the thought processes of the
content creators, thereby leaving them "on the outside."

   He says a little consideration would go a long way toward bringing the
blind into the inner realm of the burgeoning "blogasphere" and all it has
to offer.

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