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Blind Federation criticises Captcha security test

The National Federation for the Blind says its members are unable to sign an e-petition calling for printed material to be more accessible to the visually impaired because of “Captcha” security.

A Captcha is a graphic or sound of a random word or number users must key in to prove they are human.

The petition, on the White House website, has received just 8,200 signatures.

The White House says the site complies with US accessibility standards.


BBC News – Blind Federation criticises Captcha security test.


Accessibility begins even before the parking spaces

ADA accessibility starts in the parking lot, at least that is what it seems. However, in the case of many businesses the customer interaction frequently starts and is even completed before any physical presence. Being able to book a hotel room online, make changes, find the best deals and even check on availability is done online.  Being able to access the property and its facilities begins at the website.

The trade site Hotel News Resource ran an article that used scare words like drive by litigation and tidal wave of litigation to highlight what is an important issue.

…Charles Schwab, the nations leading securities broker-dealer, reached a settlement with a disability rights organization in which Schwab agreed to implement the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines WCAG discussed below to assure that its website is navigable by blind and low vision clients. See, ADA compliance and defense lawyer alert: Charles Schwab settles claim over website accessibilityThe Schwab settlement has far reaching implications for the hospitality industry and all other places of public accommodation. The advocacy group which threatened to sue Schwab, is led by the same attorney who, in 2000, “persuaded” the nations leading banks to install “talking ATMs.” Today, nearly every ATM in the country provides voice activated communications elements to assist blind and low vision bank customers to navigate the machines. Websites are the next frontier of ADA litigation.


There are basically two aspects of website access applicable to hotels; website content, and navigability by blind, low vision and cognitively disabled persons.

via ADA Litigation over Website Accessibility is Poised to Explode :: Hotel News Resource.

Interestingly, the web site hosting the article is not a very accessible site itself—illustrating just how extensive the issue of digital accessibility is.


Bipartisan group of senators announce support for disability treaty

May 25, 2012

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Tom Harkin (D-IA), John Barrasso (R-WY), Chris Coons (D-DE) and Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced their support for U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Senate consent to U.S. ratification of CRPD will recognize the fundamental values of non-discrimination and equal access for persons with disabilities in all areas of life and help protect Americans with disabilities who work and travel abroad from discrimination, including disabled veterans.

“As a cosponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the ADA Amendments Act, I have long advocated on behalf of equal access and non-discrimination for all Americans, including our veterans and today’s disabled soldiers returning home from serving their nation in war,” said Senator John McCain. “I support U.S. ratification of the disability treaty, as it seeks to advance these same fundamental values of equality and human dignity around the world.”

“The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities promotes independence, dignity and inclusion while protecting the rights of Americans with disabilities when they travel abroad,” Senator Dick Durbin said. “These basic rights should be promoted and emphasized across the world and that’s why I support ratification of this important treaty.”

“Each person has the inherent right to life and should have the opportunity to pursue happiness, participate in society, and be treated equally before the law,” Senator Jerry Moran said. “The CRPD advances these fundamental values by standing up for the rights of those with disabilities, including our nation’s veterans and servicemembers, and respecting the dignity of all.”

“The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities builds on the U.S. experience implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act and promoting equal opportunity and full participation for all people with disabilities in the lives of their communities,” said Senator Tom Harkin. “As a lead Senate sponsor of the ADA, I look forward to working on a bipartisan basis to ratify the Convention and reaffirm our country’s commitment to improving access and opportunities for people with disabilities around the world.”

“The United States must remain the leader when it comes to providing opportunities and protections for individuals with disabilities,” said Senator John Barrasso. “This agreement will work hard to ensure all Americans with disabilities are guaranteed these same protections while traveling abroad.”

“America has long been a global leader in recognizing and protecting the rights of persons with disabilities, and ratification of this convention is an essential step to ensuring disabled persons are protected globally,” Senator Chris Coons said. “All people deserve to be granted full and equal basic human rights, regardless of their physical or mental capabilities. I strongly support ratification of this critical treaty, and urge my colleagues to do the same.”

“The United States is a leader in advocating for the empowerment of disabled Americans, including our veterans who have returned home with life-changing injuries,” said Senator Tom Udall. “This treaty is an important tool to improve conditions for citizens living and working abroad and ensures that we remain a beacon for fairness and opportunity around the world.”

An American delegation under President George W. Bush negotiated and approved the Convention in 2006. The United States signed the treaty in 2009 and submitted it to the U.S. Senate this May for its advice and consent for ratification. The treaty requires no changes to U.S. laws or new appropriations.

via .: United States Senator John McCain :: Press Office :..

Biting the Hands that Feed

Chris Hofstader answers the question of why the NFB would pursue those that push the boundaries while letting others of the hook.

At the NFB convention in 2010, they gave Apple one of their accessibility awards. In 2011, Apple decided that because of its upcoming Lion operating system release that they would not attend any of what we in the blindness biz call “the summer shows” – including the national NFB convention, the ACB convention, Sight Village in UK and various smaller conferences. Apple representatives explained to NFB that they needed to focus on the accessibility of their new OS release and of numerous smaller initiatives they were preparing for autumn 2011.

Curtis Chong, head of NFB in Computer Science, the portion of NFB responsible for computing issues decided to threaten people at Apple with a resolution of condemnation if they didn’t attend the convention. Then, at the convention, he pushed through a resolution deploring the company that has provided an excellent out-of-box experience that is years ahead of their competition. It seems that Curtis did this because his feelings were hurt or some other completely childish motivation for biting the hand that feeds us best.

via The Hands That Feed | And Daring Fireball

Ignoring accessibility, or how to make an iPhone less useful

Joe Clark throws down the gauntlet:

How many hot-hot-hot! new iOS apps have impressed legions of fans while demonstrating their developers are too irresponsible or incompetent to make them accessible under VoiceOver?

Shall we start a list?

via Hot new iPhone apps by irresponsible developers Personal Weblog of Joe Clark, Toronto.

Joe  hits out at some great apps that just ignore some of the best accesibility API’s in any development environment.

Making Search Direct Accessible

Search is a critical functionality of the modern web. Being able to find what ones looking for is an essential measure of using the internet successfully. This Yahoo Interface blog post delves into the Yahoo’s excellent approach to accessibility.

Given the diversity of Yahoo!’s audience, we wanted to make Search Direct as accessible as possible. Initially, we believed that this would be an easy task since this product would be based on YUI 3, a JavaScript library with accessibility baked into its DNA. Contrary to my expectations as an engineer, this task turned out to be more difficult than we anticipated.

via Making Search Direct Accessible » Yahoo! User Interface Blog (YUIBlog).

Time for all state and local governments throughout the country, no matter what size, to achieve full ADA compliance

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department today announced a settlement agreement with the city of Milton, Wash., under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to improve access to city parks and recreational activities for persons with disabilities. The agreement resolves a complaint alleging that the city’s parks and annual parade and festival are not accessible to individuals with mobility disabilities.

“This agreement will ensure that individuals with disabilities living in Milton will have improved access to their parks and recreational activities,” said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. “I commend city officials for making this commitment to their residents with disabilities. In this year when we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ADA, it is time for all state and local governments throughout the country, no matter what size, to make a renewed commitment to achieving full ADA compliance and ensuring the civil rights of individuals with disabilities.”

Under the agreement announced today, the city of Milton will take several important steps to improve access for individuals with disabilities, such as:

  • Making physical modifications to the city’s two parks so that parking, routes to park amenities, and park amenities (e.g., picnic tables, tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball fields and drinking fountains) are accessible to individuals with disabilities. The agreement specifies which modifications will be made at each park.
  • Ensuring that persons with disabilities will have equal access to restroom facilities in Triangle Park, the city’s largest park. Because the city raised concerns about the cost of tearing down the existing inaccessible restroom and replacing it with a new one, the agreement details a variety of ways for the city to meet the ADA requirements for providing restroom access to persons with mobility disabilities in the short and long term, with department approval, without unnecessarily large expenditures.
  • Providing accessible playground equipment at Triangle Park so children with mobility disabilities will have an equal opportunity to enjoy the playground.
  • Making modifications to city policies and practices for the annual summer parade and festival.

Located between Seattle and Tacoma, Wash., Milton, has an estimated population of approximately 6,000. According to census data, one in every four residents of Milton is an individual with a disability.

Today’s settlement agreement was reached under Title II of the ADA, which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities by state and local governments. The department will actively monitor the city’s compliance with the agreement. The agreement will remain in effect for three years or until the department has confirmed that all required actions have been completed, whichever is later.

People interested in finding out more about the ADA, today’s agreement with Milton or the ADA best practices tool kit for state and local governments can access the ADA website at or call the toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 or 800-514-0383 (TTY).

Source: Department of Justice

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