[nfbmi-talk] Fwd: [Nfbnet-members-list] statement

Mary Ann Robinson brightsmile1953 at comcast.net
Mon Mar 10 00:08:15 UTC 2014


Hi Fred,

Regarding the petition:


As you probably saw there are a number of required fields: name, address, 
email, etc.
 After those are completed, it just sys sign.  You press enter and it's 
done.  Hope this helps.

Mary Ann

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Fred Wurtzel" <f.wurtzel at att.net>
To: "'NFB of Michigan Internet Mailing List'" <nfbmi-talk at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Sunday, March 09, 2014 6:53 PM
Subject: Re: [nfbmi-talk] Fwd: [Nfbnet-members-list] statement


> Hi Chis,
>
> I could not figure out where to sign.  There were rep[etitive links.  I
> would love to sign this.
>
> Warmest Regards,
>
> Fred
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: nfbmi-talk [mailto:nfbmi-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of
> Christine Boone
> Sent: Sunday, March 09, 2014 4:48 PM
> To: NFB of Michigan Internet Mailing List
> Subject: [nfbmi-talk] Fwd: [Nfbnet-members-list] statement
>
> Hey guys, this is an important issue.  Any of you who have struggled with 
> a
> modern appliance that is completely inaccessible to us as blind people, 
> will
> want to sign this petition.
>
>
>> To: nfbnet-members-list at nfbnet.org
>>
>> From: Gene Fleeman [ mailto:gfleeman55 at gmail.com]
>>
>>
>> Hi everyone,
>> I've started the petition "Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers:
> Incorporate voice technology, audio queues, and/or tactile buttons into 
> your
> flat panel appliances to make them accessible to the blind and those with
> low vision." Thanks to 500 supporters, the petition is off to a good 
> start.
> But to really make a statement to the Appliance Manufacturers of how
> important this issue is to those with sight impairment, I need your 
> support
> to make the number of signatures to grow exponentially! Lets join together
> to make our voices heard.
>> Thank you,
>>
>> Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here's the link:
>>
>>
> http://www.change.org/petitions/association-of-home-appliance-manufacturers-
> incorporate-voice-technology-audio-queues-and-or-tactile-buttons-into-your-f
> lat-panel-appliances-to-make-them-accessible-to-the-blind-and-those-with-low
> -vision
>>
>> Here's why it's important:
>> I started this petition on Change.org, because of the perceived lack of
> demand, appliance manufacturers have been reluctant to build inexpensive
> voice/touch technology into their products, thereby making them 
> inaccessible
> to the blind.  There are approximately seven million blind or low-vision
> people living in the United States today, and that number is growing every
> day, due to causes ranging from birth defects, diabetes, to combat 
> injuries,
> etc.  We clean, do laundry, iron, sew, and travel independently. We are
> foodservice managers, attorneys, scientists and more.  And yet, when it
> comes to operating our touch panel home appliances we are practically
> helpless.  Why?, because appliance manufacturers refuse to incorporate
> inexpensive technology that already exists-such as those used in 
> smartphones
> and iPads that make their flat panel appliances accessible to the blind.
>> By including audio cues, speech output, or tactile buttons, manufacturers
> will reduce the likelihood that a blind or sighted person will 
> inadvertently
> touch a spot on a panel and turn on a burner without knowing it, 
> potentially
> causing a fire or serious personal injury. Without accessible technology
> being offered to consumers, people who were once able to cook and clean
> independently could well find themselves unable to live alone in their own
> homes.
>> But it doesn't have to be this way! If manufacturers incorporate
> inexpensive audio and/or tactile technology into their products, they will
> make a huge difference in the safety of the blind and others as well as 
> the
> ability of the blind to continue to lead their lives independently, while
> simultaneously gaining thousands, if not millions, of newly satisfied
> customers. This is good for blind people who will remain independent; good
> for manufacturers who will sell products that the blind can use and that 
> are
> safer for all who buy them; and good for society, which will not be asked 
> to
> help normally competent human beings live in assisted living or nursing
> facilities simply because new appliances do not have displays they can 
> read.
>> By signing our petition, you will be showing your support and telling the
> Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers to work in collaboration with
> the National Federation of the Blind to get their manufacturer members to
> incorporate these immeasurable improvements in the quality of life,
> convenience, and safety of the blind and those who are losing their 
> vision.
>> Again thank you for your support,
>> Gene Fleeman
>> Member,
>> National Federation of the Blind
>>
>> Wondering what to do with your old car or truck? Donating your vehicle to
> the National Federation of the Blind is convenient and may qualify you for 
> a
> tax deduction. Call 1-855-659-9314 or visit www.carshelpingtheblind.org 
> Your
> donation can take the blind further.
>>
>>
>>
>> -- 
>> Gene Fleeman
>>
>> Wondering what to do with your old car or truck? Donating your vehicle to
> the National Federation of the Blind is convenient and may qualify you for 
> a
> tax deduction. Call 1-855-659-9314 or visit www.carshelpingtheblind.org 
> Your
> donation can take the blind further.
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