[NFBMO] Kansas City Star Publishes Letter to editor about Website & Mobile App Accessibility
gfleeman55 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 24 02:50:34 UTC 2021
Daniel, you did a great job on your letter. Congratulations on getting it
published in the Kansas City star.
On Tue, Mar 23, 2021 at 8:38 PM Daniel Garcia via NFBMO <nfbmo at nfbnet.org>
> 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 priorities.
> 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.
> LEAD THE WAY
> 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, Kansas City
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