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 inaccessible.
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 it.
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.