[blindkid] Stem access for the visually impaired

Jennifer Cusack jencusack at verizon.net
Sun Aug 13 22:52:52 UTC 2017

My daughter is 16 and an aspiring computer scientist who happens to be visually impaired. She has drafted a petition about an app that is inaccessible that she is  gathering signatures for so she can present it to the company that makes the app.   
> See below for her message
>>>>>      Recently, one of my friends discovered an amazing computer programming learning tool developed by Anki, called the Cozmo robot.
>>>>>      We were excited of course (the robot is very fun to play with after all, and we have always wanted to learn computer programming), but when we downloaded the app that is used to control it, we were dismayed and frustrated to find that it is totally inaccessible with VoiceOver.
>>>>>      We then wrote to Anki customer care to inform them of the issue, and received a form letter giving no indication that they had read or processed our email.
>>>>>      So we drafted this petition in hopes that, if we gather enough support, the developers will realize that accessibility is a concern which must be taken seriously.  We did this not just for the many blind and visually impaired people who could be enjoying and learning from the Cozmo application and others like it, but also for all app developers, so that they may understand the barriers created by inaccessible software.
>>>>>      If you support STEM education and learning opportunities for the blind, accessible software development, and/or equal opportunities for all children to learn programming, we invite you to sign our petition by clicking the link below or simply copying and pasting the URL into your address bar, then filling out the form.  Your information will be kept private and is only used by change.org . https://www.change.org/p/anki-make-stem-education-through-the-cozmo-app-accessible-to-all
>>>>> Thank you in advance for your support of our project!
>>>>> Kelly

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