Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The frustration of depending

For me, it often becomes a real frustration when I have to depend on others to get things done and it is especially so in the world of technology. So many times I feel as if I am at the mercy of others because I have to depend on them to assist me with tasks that I am unable to do for myself.

I know that as a general rule of thumb we all need to depend on each other for one thing or another from time to time, but when it comes to technology, here are some of my challenges, for what it is worth.

I need someone to help me make changes to my website when necessary and this would include ensuring that the website is esthetically pleasing to the sighted world. Whenever Google makes changes to its blogging process, I need help to institute the necessary changes.

I need assistance to download certain pieces of software whenever I am unable to gain access to the website where the software is, if the website in question is not accessible for blind and partially sighted persons. That is, if there is not a textual interface for me to interact with. Screen readers for blind and sight-impaired persons are unable to interact with graphical interfaces.

There are more examples that I can give but if you would like to learn more about some of the tasks that blind and partially sighted persons need to depend on sighted assistance for, then visit www.afb.org.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day.

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