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

  • From: Allison Sheridan <asheridan@xxxxxxx>
  • To: Darrell Shandrow <nu7i@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2007 06:11:34 -0700

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 inaccurate.

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 insults.


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 petition.html 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. Blind Access Journal blog and podcast: http:// Check out high quality telecommunications services at http://

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