[NFBMO] Kansas City Star Publishes Letter to editor about Website & Mobile App Accessibility

GeneCoulter at Charter.net GeneCoulter at Charter.net
Wed Mar 24 01:40:56 UTC 2021

This is a terrific letter.
Gene Coulter

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Subject: [NFBMO] Kansas City Star Publishes Letter to editor about Website &
Mobile App Accessibility

Dear Friends:

Today, the Kansas City Star published a letter I sent to the editor about
website & mobile app accessibility, which is one of our national legislative


For your convenience, I have copied the text of the letter below my
signature. When I submitted this letter, it was under the heading of "Another
kind of digital divide." The editor changed the title to ""Lead the Way,"
which does not make much sense to me. The important thing is that they
published the letter.


Daniel Garcia, President, Kansas City Chapter National Federation of the
Blind of Missouri dangarcia3 at hotmail.com
(816) 621-0902
Live the life you want.



The Kansas City Star has recently reported on efforts by congressional
Democrats to bridge the digital divide between rural and urban as well as
affluent and underserved communities. There is another digital divide the
public needs to be aware of, and it stems from the fact that blind people
employ screen-reading technology to use computers and smart devices.

When websites and apps are properly coded, blind people can access digital
information as effectively as everyone else. However, when websites and apps
are not properly coded, it becomes difficult for blind people to access
information about employment, finances, education, medical records and more.

Website and app developers say they want to make their products usable for
the blind but do not know how. To remedy this situation, the National
Federation of the Blind is proposing federal legislation that would provide a
regulatory framework to guide developers in the creation of accessible
products. The Department of Justice would enforce these regulations.

We hope Congress acts promptly to bridge the digital divide between blind and
sighted consumers of digital information.

- Daniel Garcia, President, National Federation of the Blind of Kansas City,
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