The A360 Blog
Like most people, I have always relied on my vision to help me navigate the internet. Being a sighted auditor for an internet accessibility company has been an eye-opening experience. It seems cliche to say I’ve taken the ability of sight for granted, but I never realized how true this statement was until I experienced web navigation from a non-sighted user’s perspective. Closing my eyes and listening to a web page being read to me by a screen reader was a slap in the face, and an especially important experience for someone like me, who is a budding software programmer.
In the past, persons with disabilities often required a wide array of different devices to accomplish various tasks, such as separate devices to identify colors, to identify paper currency, or to read paper documents. Each of these devices served a necessary and unique function, but were usually expensive, and - unless they chose to carry all of their devices around all the time – weren’t always readily available to the user. With the proliferation of mobile devices and accessibility apps, this is thankfully no longer the case.
A few months ago, Congress introduced a bill called the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017, or H.R. 620. If signed into law, H.R. 620 would require all people with disabilities who wish to file a lawsuit “to first provide written notice to the business owners in violation of the law.” Business owners then would have “60 days to acknowledge the violation and another 120 days to at least make ‘substantial progress’ toward resolving the issue. This would mean that people with disabilities would have to wait much longer for the outcome of the lawsuit.
Accessible360 provides great services to so many people. For example, A360 provides free work to non-profits. A360’s great work was also featured on Kare 11 a few months ago.
These are a few reasons to write a positive Google Review for A360 and help further promote our company. To write a Google Review for A360, simply type “Accessible360” into Google and click “Write A Review,” which is located about halfway down the right side of the page on a computer (see image to the right, with red box around “Write A Review”). You will then be asked to rate A360 and write a brief review.
A360 is asking all people to support Louie McGee, a young man who is blind and who has formed a relationship with A360 over the past year. Louie is planning to compete in the full IronMan triathlon this fall in Madison, Wisconsin.
No world is perfect. However, if you were to have to live your life blind, the twenty-first century would be the best time to live. Services and assistance for people who are blind are better than they ever were before, especially when it comes to the amount of information we have access to. We have computers, mobile phones, braille, and so many other things that blind people simply did not have 500, or 200, or even 20 years ago.
Good news, assistive technology users! The deadline to get the free Windows 10 Fall Creators update, which is available for assistive technology users of Windows 7 and higher and includes eye tracking support, has been extended to January 16, 2018 (next Tuesday)! Originally, the deadline to upgrade was December 31, 2017.