[Nfbc-info] regarding what can be done about starting a classaction law suit against intuit o get their product accessiblecurrently there not with accounting and tax packages

Angela fowler fowlers at syix.com
Thu Oct 30 00:06:55 UTC 2008

Gary, I know little about the situation and can only offer general
suggestions, but I'd first want to eliminate the obvious. Have you queried a
support list serve for your particular screen reader, Jaws, Window-Eyes,
etc. or contacted its manufacturer? If you use JAWS, have you contacted
someone who writes scripts? The new scripting feature in Window-Eyes 7.0 may
also be helpful. 

Other suggestions: have you been in contact with anyone from Intuit, letting
them know your concerns and offering them substantive ideas as to how they
can make their product accessible? Do you have other folks on board with you
on this so you can let Intuit know you're not the only one having this
problem? That's where I'd start. If I failed there, I'd get in touch with
whoever is at the forefront of dealing with technological issues like this,
is it Curtis Chong still? I'd get their thoughts. 


-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 2:11 PM
To: 'NFB of California List'
Subject: [Nfbc-info] regarding what can be done about starting a classaction
law suit against intuit o get their product accessiblecurrently there not
with accounting and tax packages

Hello to the list, I was  wondering what is the process for  starting a nfb
grass roots class action law suit against intuit product. They have droppe
the ball numerous times in the past few years wwith them violating section
508 with their products  not being accessible to the blind  under that
section, but currently they are not and they are getting harder  and harder
to use with accessible hooks  by screenreaders in the Intuit products. I was
wondering what can be done to lett them know that they need to change their
policies in order to have better accessibility in their products with screen
readers being able to acces their products. These being primarly towards
their accounting packages in which the major screen readers will not support
since they can not have meaningful accessibility hooks into the products for
the major screenreader manufacturers and developers to develop
accessibliltiy solution. This is very crucial if ther are to be more
accountant who may be legally blind   in the future or blind now and in the
future,  to hold their lively hoods as free lance accountants. I would like
to know how this can be accomplished. the NFB was able to get AOL to change
its tune an has screenreader alternatives. I am just wondering if this can
also be doen to intuit , so intuit will change its act , to do the same and
to honor the rules and regulations outlined in Section 508 .  I would
appreciate it if these concerns can be brought  to  the NFB attention and
looked into. 

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