[Nfbc-info] Amazon issue

Peacefulwoman89 at cox.net Peacefulwoman89 at cox.net
Thu Nov 29 17:37:05 UTC 2018


I hear what you're saying. I'm not trying to take you to the mat. I'm trying
to make a case for some mostly minor but obvious access issues with the
Amazon site. That's why I asked you to help us understand what specifics
you're encountering. 

I had to chuckle when two of the folks who responded to my post also happen
to be wonderfully tech-saavy folks. Matter of fact, Robert makes his living
teaching assistive technology. I'd place his knowledge at a superior level.
I have tremendous respect for Robert and others who have the ability to
teach assistive technology. On the other hand, that is not a representation
of the overall ability-level of the blind population using Amazon's access

I'm a problem-solver, or at least I try to move in that direction. I found
some work-arounds, but I also found unlabeled graphics and unlabeled or
problematic buttons and wrote a letter. I asked if NFB is still working with
AMAZOn. I wanted to know if so, how I get in touch with that person. What I
got instead was, it works for me. Lol. 

Lisa Irving 

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Subject: [Nfbc-info] Amazon issue


This is going to be controversial.


This is what I have observed through the years: 


On one hand, some blind people say that Amazon (or whatever else) isn't
working right when the fact is, they are using an older program, like XP, or
an older version of a browser, such as Internet Explorer. So their
difficulties come from not upgrading their computer or from not upgrading
their computer training.


Especially if they are newly blind, they can use those problems as "reasons"
for how they can't do this or that anymore because they're blind and ain't
it awful. 


In either case, they are stuck in the past. And, as techy things go, the
"past" can be not that long ago. So the lack of upgrading can sometimes not
be their fault. 


On the other hand, some blind people say that Amazon, eBay etc, work fine
for them without admitting they don't really use them much or they have help
from someone, neglecting to include that info.


It is similar to some blind people saying they don't get lost, when the fact
is that they stay home a lot or have someone helping them most of the time
but they don't provide that extra info.


So then it looks like they are showing themselves to be more capable and
independent than they (or we) really are. 


This is for real. I've had these situations happen numerous times with some
blind people I have come across. Most of such people are not in the NFB but
some are. 


Anyway, some blind people, like any other group of people, are more or less
informed than they admit. Some are honest and some are not. So these are
considerations we need to take into account. 




Blessings in Jesus' name

1 Thessalonians 5:11 

11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact
you are doing.  

Advice from my cats:meow when you feel like it!



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