I heard a piece on NPR this morning featuring an atypical screen reader user: atypical because he is not blind.
His vision-impairment is caused by a lack of muscle control due to cerebral palsy, effectively making him vision-, mobility-, and dexterity-impaired. The mention of the screen reader is a minor note in the story but I note it here because, people (including many professional web designers and developers) too often assume accessibility is only about blindness.
Sumner Spence has cerebral palsy, but this evening he is set to get his degree and will address fellow graduates at the University of Delaware in Rehoboth Beach… (source, including audio archive)
Although the story doesn’t mention which screen reader he uses, it is a testament to the importance of work done by all assistive technology vendors. Thanks guys, you know who you are. Keep up the good work.
- #1 On May 26th, 2007 8:57 am