[nfbmi-talk] nfb files suit in l.a.

Nadia Cioffi nadiaacioffi at gmail.com
Fri Apr 4 19:57:50 UTC 2014

Dear Tray, 

Please know that I know you are tying and I hope these comments can be used to help the NFB of MI. I am replying to you email on list, but please know many massages I see are just as confusing when posted to list.  

i think that this needs be proof read sending it emails on list. i see no facts backing up clams as it written, could you point them out or please address this next time something is written. The statements are repeated many times as see message and could  be Wong.   areader it's unclear. If this part of writing Is addressed, then maybe I as reader could do a few things. 

A. Look at the facts
B. Form my thoughts and either agree or disagree.

1. The writer assumes the facts are known, this Leeds to misunderstanding and disagreement. This means the writer assumes the reader understands tabs things, what are must the reader already understand?
2. There maybe no facts at all, although, this is written as opposing view point with a call to action, but I am guessing a point, with respect the peruse is trying to be shown is what? 
3. If I read this to what I think point is, would you think having all list go to Google and look at different types of wring that they trying to compose would show active learning and help reader understanding. I bring this not because I think issues should nor be looked inroads, but that help the NFB in state convey messages, add to credibility and maybe improve membership; from my understanding what is often posted on list, beings up the BSBP and I like the agency is becoming a target, I did say was. Feel is my though and not fact. 

I believe looking into wring with less a summing built in will help the NFB of MI and blind people in general. 

With all respect, 

Please respect my views and do not post on private or public mailing lists, this message was sent to you, for your review only. Please consent before sending to another address, thank you.   

On Apr 4, 2014, at 3:16 PM, "Terry D. Eagle" <terrydeagle at yahoo.com> wrote:

This is a good step forward by the NFB.  Seems as though many employed to
serve the blind don't care, and only respond to legal action and paying
attorney fees.

Actually, this sounds so much like the BS4BP and the BEP, whereby vending
cash and credit card systems are TOTALLY INACCESSIBLE to the blind, and
require use of a sighted person to manage the cash in a vending facility,
allegedly reserved for operation by a blind person!  Imagine a sighted
person controlling your business cash system!  Must be the justification by
Rob Essenberg, now a BS4BP BADP director, and former blind vendor, for
boosting his sighted manager's wage from $15 to $20 per hour, upon his
departure from a BEP TOTALLY INACCESSIBLE vending facility operation.
Ironically, that sighted manager is now once again working, as a state
employee,  for none other than Rob Essenberg in BADP.  What does that say
about how state employment is obtained?  The state employment hiring plot is
thicker than this with regard to Essenberg and BS4Bp.  What does it say
about the skills of blindness by certain blind BS4BP employees?  

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Subject: [nfbmi-talk] nfb files suit in l.a.

National Federation of the Blind and Four Blind People File Suit Against
RideCharge, Inc. and Three Taxicab Companies in California

LOS ANGELES, April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/--

The National Federation of the Blind

(NFB), the oldest and largest organization of blind people in the United
States, and four blind people residing in California-Rick Boggs, Geraldine

Rochelle Houston, and Tina Thomas -filed suit today (case number:
2:14-cv-02490) in the United States District Court for the Central District
of California

against RideCharge, Inc. and three entities that manage taxicab fleets in
Southern California:  Administrative Services Cooperative, Inc., LA Taxi

Inc., and South Bay Yellow Cab Cooperative, Inc.  The taxicab cooperatives
have deployed RideCharge's self-service, touchscreen payment terminals,

are inaccessible to blind taxicab riders, in taxicabs throughout Southern
California.  The complaint alleges violations of the Americans with

Act (ADA), the California Unruh Civil Rights Act, and the California
Disabled Persons Act.

The self-service terminals utilize an entirely visual, touchscreen interface
mounted on the back of the front passenger seat that allows sighted taxicab

riders to access information and services privately and independently.
Among other features, sighted passengers are able to review trip and fare

privately pay fares with a credit card, and select tip amounts without
interacting with the driver. The exclusively visual interface lacks common

features for blind riders.  Many other transportation service providers have
installed text-to-speech output and tactile controls on their self-service

terminals that allow blind riders to operate them independently.  As a
result of RideCharge's failure to include these common alternative access

on its terminals, blind riders are unable to access the information and
services offered on these devices.

Dr. Marc Maurer,

President of

the National Federation of the Blind,

said: "The ability to travel safely and independently is central to the
ability of blind people to live independent, productive lives.  Taxis are a

mode of transportation for blind people, particularly in places like
Southern California where public transit is not always available.  Our right
to independent

travel is unjustly jeopardized when we enter a taxi that has critical
features that cannot be independently accessed by the blind.  The laws of
the United

States and the state of California require, and blind Americans demand, that
RideCharge and taxicab companies make all of their self-service terminals

accessible to blind taxi riders."

The National Federation of the Blind and the individual plaintiffs are
represented in this matter by Laurence Paradis, Stuart Seaborn, Michael
Nunez, and

Haben Girma of the Berkeley firm Disability Rights Advocates; Scott LaBarre
of the Denver firm LaBarre Law Offices; and Timothy Elder of the Fremont,


TRE Legal Practice.

About the National Federation of the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is the oldest, largest, and most
influential nationwide membership organization of blind people in the United

States.  Founded in 1940, the NFB advocates for the civil rights and
equality of blind Americans, and develops innovative education, technology,
and training

programs to provide the blind and those who are losing vision with the tools
they need to become independent and successful.

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