[blindlaw] Reading hand-written revisions to documents
gerard.sadlier at gmail.com
Tue Feb 21 06:33:00 UTC 2017
I think the best way around this is simply to get a secretary in the
firm to read amendments to you.
On 2/20/17, Rahul Bajaj via BlindLaw <blindlaw at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Dear Sai,
> Thanks for your reply. I think you point to a really critical reason
> why a law firm would be averse to the idea of providing, or
> sanctioning, this type of accommodation - the fear that it would be
> in breach of client-attorney privilege.
> While I can definitely request them to ask some in-house to perform
> this function, that would be the least desirable and most
> time-consuming solution. So I want to resort to it only if I am unable
> to think of anything better.
> On 20/02/2017, Sai <legal at s.ai> wrote:
>> My blindness isn't such that I need this adaptation, so I defer to
>> others on list to give more tested answers.
>> But just as a thought: if it's something you don't need immediately
>> (such that you need a sighted reader eg), what about something like
>> mechanical turk or a remote (e.g. Indian) secretary service?
>> Transcribing handwritten notes seems like a fairly simple task that a
>> remote secretary could do cheaply.
>> Given this would be on legal docs though, I'd be concerned about
>> maintaining privilege.
>> I'm not sure what the privilege implications are of hiring an ad hoc
>> contractor to help access privileged documents, or using an app to do
>> so. Does that count as third party disclosure?
>> (Might be a different question, but anyone know? Now I'm rather
>> curious how non-disclosure and privilege issues interact with
>> accommodation issues. Has there ever been a case on it?)
>> - Sai
>> On Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 6:42 AM, Rahul Bajaj via BlindLaw
>> <blindlaw at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>>> Hi Everyone,
>>> I hope this message finds you well.
>>> I will be joining a full-service law firm after graduating this
>>> summer. One of the accessibility barriers that I gather I will have to
>>> grapple with is reading hand-written revisions to documents.
>>> While the track change function is extensively used by younger
>>> associates and other senior members of the team, I am told that
>>> partners prefer making revisions in hard copy documents.
>>> While I understand that JAWS cannot read
>>> anything that is handwritten, I am wondering if there are any
>>> technological solutions for reading handwritten content.
>>> Also, if anyone here has dealt with revisions that are made using the
>>> handwriting feature offered by the iPad, I'd be grateful if they could
>>> comment about its accessibility. Thanks!
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