Tag Archives: accessibility

More good news on the disability front

Braille reader

Yesterday, S. 3207, legislation introduced by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), passed the Senate as an amendment to an unrelated bill (S. 2893). This evening, that bill — with Sen. Schumer’s language — passed the House, too! That’s great news because it authorizes the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) to extend its service by providing refreshable ... Read More »

OITP, Benetech to collaborate at SXSWedu 2016

Connecting puzzle pieces

In September, I wrote about the great work that a Silicon Valley-based organization called Benetech is doing to level the playing field for students with disabilities through the use of 3D printing technology. I also mentioned that Benetech had proposed a program for the 2016 SXSWedu conference highlighting their work to this end. I’m happy to report that Benetech’s program ... Read More »

(Bene)tech as a leveler

Disability issues are a third rail in our public discourse. To “de-electrify” this rail is no simple task. It requires us to be critical of our own predilections and instincts. Here’s the problem: We’re human. Humans are reflexively disconcerted by what we perceive as an aberration from the norm. For this reason, we celebrate difference in the abstract, but are ... Read More »