Below is a copy of a letter from National Chairman of The British Polio Fellowship, David Mitchell. In this letter, David comments on how Google are developing disability friendly technology
For many disabled people, particularly those who are visually impaired, the world of technology is simply inaccessible. However, Google has shifted the way it thinks about accessibility, by stepping up its efforts to make its own tech more accessible for disabled people.
Recent news stories are a reminder that disabled accessibility is a huge issue for millions of people around the world. For the 120,000 people with Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) and some 13,000,000 million living with a disability in Britain, access in the technology realm will help us all achieve the daily tasks many people take for granted. For example, Google’s technology such as the ChromeVox screen reader and adjustable magnification and contrast settings aid visually impaired users. Indeed, Google has decided that any new product or piece of a user interface needs to go through a set of accessibility checks and tests, just in the same way that privacy and security is checked.
This is a hugely positive step in the right direction and we need much more of he same. We will not rest until those with disabilities are able to enjoy the same daily experiences and opportunities as everyone else.
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National Chairman, The British Polio Fellowship