With so many people doing work, banking, socializing, and even grocery shopping on the computer, fair access to the internet is vital. But utilizing new technology isn’t easy for everyone and it’s far from an equal playing ground for those who are blind. Expedia is working to correct that.
This month the travel empire announced its partnership with the National Federation of the Blind. Together, they plan to make Expedia and Travelocity websites and mobile apps easier to use for blind travelers.
“Blind people must have equal access to goods and services made available on websites and via mobile applications if we are to live the lives we want and compete on terms of equality in the twenty-first century,” Mark A. Riccobono, president of the National Federation of the Blind, said in a statement.
The two organizations will work to improve accessibility through text-to-speech screen readers and Braille display technologies.
“Expanding our partnership with the National Federation of the Blind is an important next step in making sure the Expedia and Travelocity sites are readily accessible and intuitive for blind travelers,” Aman Bhutani, president of Expedia.com, said in a statement.
Many blind internet users use screen readers and Braille modules to navigate the web. But even with these tools, understanding just one webpage alone can be complicated.
For more information on technology accessibility, the American Foundation for the Blind has a monthly online technology magazine that publishes reviews of tech products for blind users called AccessWorld.