The Association for Airline Passenger Rights (AAPR) is hosting its 1st Annual Air Travel
Accessibility Conference, designed to identify and discuss ways to improve accessible air
travel for passengers with access and functional needs.
My Blind Spot’s Founder and CEO, Albert Rizzi has been asked to speak at the conference! For more information, check out their website (www.flyfriendlyskies.com) and the conference flyer here.
Yesterday morning, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee held the second of two hearings on the Disability Treaty, and our community turned out in great numbers again! Advocates representing the broad and diverse coalition in favor of the treaty were present at the hearing to show their support.
Last week, My Blind Spot founder and CEO Albert Rizzi and his guide dog Doxy were bound for New York on a US Airways flight. During a lengthy delay on the tarmac, a flight attendant took issue with Doxy’s position in the cabin. Suddenly and without notice, Albert and Doxy found themselves being taken off the plane. It was a horror story—but it turned into a tale of affirmation and support when Albert and Doxy’s fellow passengers refused to fly without them.
November 5th at 2:30 pm
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room SD-419
You can RSVP for the hearing here! This will help us ensure enough room capacity for all advocates!
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
The Marathon is almost over: the end is in sight!
NOW is the time to have our voices be heard!
Dear Mr. Rizzi:
I am very intrigued with your efforts to finally make Quickbooks accessible with screen readers.
I have attempted to use the software several times over the years to no avail. My husband is a master plumber and has used this software exclusively for his bookkeeping needs. If Quickbooks becomes accessible, I would be a great asset to his business, as I could create invoices, proposals, estimates, and do so many other secretarial duties, which would relieve him of the burden of doing these things after he has already worked a full day.
Believe me when I say that no one wants to see Quickbooks become accessible any more than I do. I have many many years of experience with several screenreaders, Microsoft Office products, Windows, OSx, and IOS platforms. I have been employed as a medical transcriptionist, customer service representative, and collections adjuster, which all required screenreader use with several different platforms.
I wish you all the best in this effort, and believe it will benefit so many people. I look forward to the day Quickbooks is accessible to all who want to use it!
My Blind Spot, a not-for-profit dedicated to advancing personal independence and societal inclusion for the blind and visually impaired, is working with Intuit to ensure that QuickBooks for Windows*, the leading small business accounting software, is usable by those with conditions that impede them from reading text on-screen. Albert J. Rizzi, founder of My Blind Spot, stated that
“improving the accessibility of QuickBooks will lead to job opportunities, job retention, and greater financial independence for this historically underserved population.”
Dancing Dots founder Bill McCann joined faculty members from the music school of New York’s Lighthouse International this past weekend to give a workshop to teachers on how to integrate braille music and related technology from Dancing Dots into their education plans for blind music students. A reporter from the New York Daily News visited the Lighthouse to learn more.
You can read her article and check out a brief video produced by her videographer at the link below.
Special note to screen reader users:
To play the related video accessible from the Daily News page linked below, find the text that says: Braille Music Technology Pushes Blind Music Literacy Forward
And press down arrow. You will find a button that may be labeled as:
When you highlight that button, try pressing the ENTER key to start the video playing. You may first hear a brief commercial announcement.
Read the New York Daily News article “New computer programs Goodfeel and Lime Lighter help blind read, write music”.
“I had gone from a fully sighted college student on the verge of getting my degree to someone who had to adapt to interacting with the world audibly and tactilely. As a result, I so get the necessity for learning how to read and write Braille and understand from the perspective of someone who cannot see print what a powerful tool technology can be for the person who is visually impaired and learns how to effectively use it. I not only understand this truth, but I lived it.” – Dr. Denise Robinson
Read more about Denise and her groundbreaking work in the article by Larry L. Lewis, Jr.
Our own Albert Rizzi is featured in this article on Psychology Today’s Website. The article, titled “What is Normal?” examines the fact that Diagnostic labels are proliferating, and mental disorders seem to be annexing ever more territory. At the same time, many people with diagnosable conditions are forging their own original takes on what’s normal.