Talking mobile accessibility
As a professional in the tech industry who happens to be blind, I am passionate about the technical devices that are fully accessible to me, and which therefore allow me to do my job efficiently.
Apple was the first company to build full accessibility for visually impaired users into their products when they added the
VoiceOver screen reading and Zoom screen magnification software to all Macs and iPhones. Because they continue to tweak and improve upon all of their accessibility elements with each new operating system update, I continue to be a loyal fan. They are true innovators in a field that, until now, has been virtually ignored by the main stream.
After reading my critical opinion on Ray, a new screen reader being built for Android, Marketplace reporter
came to interview me about mobile accessibility, and watched me use my iPhone as I packed my bags for a trip. The resulting story, which aired in time for the annual Consumer Electronics show this week, was heard on public radio stations nationwide on the Jan. 7 edition of Marketplace, from American Public Media. In case you missed it, you can still listen to and read the story
here. Special thanks goes out to Meg, for coming to me with such a great opportunity.