[nfbmi-talk] sure hope it's made accessable

David Robinson drob1946 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 2 12:57:27 UTC 2014


   We should not only hope it is accessible, but instist that it is.  We
have suffered with lack of information on vending machines for decades,and I
do not believe that they are even thinking of us when they try to reach
solutions.  Even the BEP vendors, who must be legally blined to be in the
program, don't even bother to try to get information to the blind.  I
remember trying to have the vending at the training center accessible for
those at the training center and guests,and that was never kept current.  It
is a problem I admit, but no one even seems to want to try to resolve it as
we are viewed as second class citizens and have no real value in our


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Subject: [nfbmi-talk] sure hope it's made accessable

No matter what people think of this requirement it is important for we who
are blind to require equal access to this information. Bottom line is if
information is deemed significant for the sighted world then it is
significant for us too. Access is indeed a civil right.

Vending machines to add nutrition data . CONCORD, N.H. - Office workers in
search of snacks will be counting calories along with their change under new

labeling regulations for vending machines included in President Obama's
health-care law. Requiring calorie information to be displayed on roughly 5

vending machines nationwide will help consumers make healthier choices, said
officials at the Food and Drug Administration, which is expected to release

final rules early next year. The FDA estimates the cost to the vending
industry at $25.8 million initially and $24 million per year after that but

if just 0.02 percent of obese adults ate 100 fewer calories a week, the
savings to the health-care system would be at least that great. The rules

apply to about 10,800 companies that operate 20 or more machines. While the
proposed rules would give companies a year to comply, an industry group has

suggested a two-year deadline and is urging the government to allow as much
flexibility as possible in implementing the rules. Some companies may use

displays to post calorie counts while others may opt for signs stuck to the
machines. - Associated Press 

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