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  • Blind Advocacy Group Puts Pressure on Apple


    A celebrated national advocacy group for the blind and visually and hearing impaired is taking aim at Apple once again.

    The National Federation of the Blind wants Apple to make its products and services less exclusionary for those with special needs pertaining to sight and sound.

    "Many disabled advocates believe federal law requires that apps be accessible, but courts have not ruled on the issue," explains Christina Farr of Reuters. "Few disabled want to risk alienating Apple, considered a friend, by fighting it."

    But it now seems like the National Federation of the Blind is growing more aggressive and vocal about the need for what the group believes is a significant issue. "It's time for Apple to step up or we will take the next step," one board member of the group is quoted in the Reuters report.

    A 2008 CDC study found that some 3.4 million Americans are now legally blind or visually impaired.

    Source: Reuters
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Blind Advocacy Group Puts Pressure on Apple started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      As a visually-impaired person myself that knows other visually impaired and blind people, I think this is crap and going a little too far. If you’ve looked through the iOS accessibility features, you’ll know that Apple has done quite a bit to make their mobile OS very accessible, but not everything is going to be 100% accessible. How do you make Photos even more accessible for blind people? How about GarageBand for deaf people?
    1. DubbaCTrumpetMSU's Avatar
      DubbaCTrumpetMSU -
      Quote Originally Posted by fleurya View Post
      As a visually-impaired person myself that knows other visually impaired and blind people, I think this is crap and going a little too far. If you’ve looked through the iOS accessibility features, you’ll know that Apple has done quite a bit to make their mobile OS very accessible, but not everything is going to be 100% accessible. How do you make Photos even more accessible for blind people? How about GarageBand for deaf people?
      Exactly!! When I worked there, I had the pleasure of showing some visually impaired (and one that was headed that way due to surgery) features on IOS and OSX that would help immensely. In fact...I though the AFB chapter in my area came for workshops...so this is kind of weird.
    1. Kupe's Avatar
      Kupe -
      For not fully blind- but visually impaired people- the switch to micro-sized Caller ID photos in iOS 7.1 was a disaster. I'm sticking with iOS 7.0 for this reason alone.

      Kupe
    1. kalpesh78's Avatar
      kalpesh78 -
      Blind people ... pls stick to keypad phones. why bother with touchscreen.