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Expedia unveils enhancements in website accessibility

Expedia and National Federation of the Blind celebrate key accessibility improvements

Bellevue, Wash., October 19, 2017
Expedia today announced details around site enhancements as part of an ongoing relationship with the National Federation of the Blind. It s estimated more than 48.9 million people live with disabilities in the US,1 including more than 7 million with a visual disability2. Expedia s dedicated UX designers, as well as product and software engineers, are actively engaged in ensuring travelers with disabilities have excellent experiences when visiting sites like Expedia.com and Travelocity.com.

The Expedia Accessibility Technology Team consists of front-end developers and testers who use a variety of methods to design and test site improvements that make the Expedia.com and Travelocity.com websites as inclusive as possible. Screen readers() (software applications that read out a webpage s text content and convey visual cues) for example, are commonly used amongst the blind community. To make it easier for these readers to relay information, Expedia engineers have attached text to pictures and structured the code in a way that allows users of assistive technology to efficiently navigate the product pages. The National Federation of the Blind has provided insights, feedback, and testing on the implementation of these accessibility components to help ensure a great user experience.

Expedia continuously assesses its products, utilizing industry standards that address not only blind users who use assistive tech but also those who need captioning for video or audio, who do not use a mouse, or who have other differences that make these features worthwhile. In fact, Expedia has found that these enhancements improve the user experience for all travelers, not just those with unique needs. While recent activity has been focused on the current site, Expedia is also working to educate and train all of its engineers to design and develop their products, mobile and desktop, from the ground up with accessibility in mind.

Blind people must have equal access to websites like Expedia to live the lives we want, independently,

said Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind.

Expedia is a distinguished partner in supporting our mission of ensuring that blind people have equal access to goods and services online and continues to champion accessibility overall through its product offerings. We are extremely pleased with the progress we have made in our relationship. We know that every user benefits from the enhancements we have worked on together.

At Expedia, our goal is to help people go places, and our efforts in improving website accessibility for the blind are helping a community of people that previously experienced difficulties in navigating online travel booking paths,
said Aman Bhutani, President, Brand Expedia Group.
Through our relationship with the National Federation of the Blind, we ve expanded our duty to bring travel to everyone and are encouraged and excited by our progress in this space.


  1. US Census Data 
  2. National Federation of the Blind 

Questionnaire Study Blind Adults and Healthcare Providers

My name is Carmel and I am a research assistant with the Judgment and Decision Making Lab at the University of Texas at El Paso. In about a month the Judgment and Decision Making Lab will be conducting a study in the form of a questionnaire. The PI is a blind doctoral candidate conducting her dissertation research. We will be looking at blind and low vision adults and their experiences with healthcare providers (i.e. doctors, pharmacy technicians, health insurance agents).

All participants will be entered into a drawing to win an Amazon gift card. If you qualify for this study and are interested please contact the Judgment and Decision Making Lab via e-mail at utep.psyc.hcd@gmail.com or via phone at 915-747-8659.
If you know of anyone who qualifies and would be interested please share this message with them.

NFB of Georgia At Large Chapter Update

If you’re at large and in charge and wanting to stay informed on community affairs please join the Georgia Affiliate of the NFB at large chapter the last Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM except for the months of November and December.

The telephone number to call is 712-432-4857 and we will be waiting for you in room 14.

  • August 31, 2017
    • Guess speaker to discuss jobs and Job training
  • September 28, 2017
    • Blind dating
  • October 26, 2017
    • Recap of the 2017 state convention being held on October 13-15
    • upcoming events
    • goals for next year

National Federation of the Blind Applauds Issuance of “508 Refresh” Regulations

The National Federation of the Blind, the nation’s leading advocate for blind Americans to gain equal access to information and technology, today applauded the publication of new technical standards to bring information and communication technology (ICT) into compliance with section 508 of the Rehabilitation act of 1973, which requires government agencies and contractors to make their electronic information and technology accessible to the blind and others with disabilities.

Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said:

Information and communication Technology has changed a great deal since the last Section 508 regulations were issued, and has become an even more integral part of everyday life. Yet blind people, particularly blind federal employees, continue to struggle with access barriers when interacting with electronic and information technology used or procured by federal agencies.

For these reasons, we are extremely pleased that the new Section 508 standards have finally been published. Government agencies and contractors should now understand how to make information and services accessible to the blind, allowing federal employees to perform their job functions effectively and other blind Americans to exercise our rights and responsibilities as citizens.

In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to require Federal agencies to make their ICT accessible to people with disabilities. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, open new opportunities for people with disabilities, and encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals. The law applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology.

National Federation of the Blind Applauds Issuance of Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act Regulations

The National Federation of the Blind commented today on the issuance of regulations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to implement the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010, which was passed by Congress and signed by President Obama to protect the blind and other pedestrians from the dangers posed by silent hybrid and electric vehicles.

Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said:

Having raised concerns on behalf of blind Americans about the dangers posed by silent hybrid and electric vehicles, the National Federation of the Blind is extremely pleased that technical specifications for a safe level of sound to be emitted by such vehicles have now been issued.
The full implementation of the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010 will protect all pedestrians, especially the blind, as well as cyclists. This regulation will ensure that blind Americans can continue to travel safely and independently as we work, learn, shop, and engage in all facets of community life.

Studies conducted by NHTSA indicate that, under certain low-speed scenarios, the odds of hybrid and electric vehicles being involved in collisions with pedestrians are thirty-five percent higher than those for comparable internal combustion engine vehicles and that the odds of hybrid and electric vehicles being involved in collisions with cyclists are fifty-seven percent higher than for comparable internal combustion engine vehicles.
The Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act was passed by unanimous consent in the United States Senate and by an overwhelming bipartisan majority vote of 379 to 30 in the House of Representatives. It was signed by President Obama on January 4, 2011.

The App That Helps Blind People See →

The first time Mark Edwards used Aipoly Vision, he cried. Edwards, 56 and legally blind since birth, had signed up as an early tester for the smartphone app that claims to help the visually impaired people “see” the world around them.
Read The App That Helps Blind People See on News Week→

It Burns | National Federation of the Blind →

By Anil Lewis

My earliest memory of having to deal with my impending blindness occured when my mom took  my siblings and me to visit the ophthalmologist’s office. I was probably seven years old, and the office staff took me into a dark room to dilate my pupils. This required administering a series of painful eye drops, and I remember squealing, “It burns!”
It Burns | National Federation of the Blind→

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Dan’s Newsline® Testimonial

Friends and colleagues, I am very excited about our new blog. Because of my long-standing commitment to our NFB Newsline program, sponsored here in Georgia by the Public Service Commission, I thought I would post an article here which came across my desk from Colorado.

Like the author of this article, Dan Burke, I have always had a love of newspapers. I know that many of you do as well. When we are asked about our long-standing, strong commitment to NFB Newsline? We can point folks to the dramatic and heartfelt story I have chosen to post below. Although the author provides greater detail about his love of NFB Newsline than we usually receive from readers of our Georgia NFB Newsline Service, the passion and appreciation we so often hear from readers is equal to the story Dan tells.

NFB Newsline® is an accessible newspaper and magazine delivery service open to blind and others with barriers to reading print. Developed by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), it also receives support for some publications from the National Library Service for the Blind and is free to all its eligible subscribers.

Here is Dan’s reminiscence:

“One of my guilty pleasures is reading the Sunday Denver Post. It’s a nearly-lifelong indulgence that is now enabled by NFB Newsline®.

Though I lived in Montana for over 30 years and joined the Federation there, I grew up in Loveland, Colorado. That’s where the Sunday habit of the Denver Post began with my Dad’s dramatized reading of the funnies – the excitingly colored comics that came in their own dedicated section as though just for my siblings and I as we piled on and around him on the couch after church. In a modulated voicing perhaps influenced by the radio-only entertainment of his own growing-up years in Depression-era South Dakota, he read and riffed on Beetle Bailey, Blondie and Dagwood, Dick “The Stick” Tracy (in his rendition), and Snuffy Smith.

I was able to struggle through the paper into my late teens, so before long I didn’t have to wait till my Dad could be corralled on the couch to read to us, but I could read them for myself. The Sunday funny papers were the gateway drug to reading the Post on Sunday.

Next came the other special Sunday sections – the TV listings in the Roundup, Empire magazine, and ultimately the hard stuff – Oliphant’s political cartoons, the front pages and the op-ed pages. I became a fifth grade news junkie. I was, for example, the only 11-year-old in my class in early 1968 that knew that Richard Nixon, then seeking the Republican nomination for President, had run against JFK in 1960 and, with the entry that spring of Bobby Kennedy into the Democratic primaries, an historic rematch of sorts might be in the offing for the November election.

Not long after, I actually delivered the Denver Post for a time, and the Sunday delivery was truly epic. Sunday-only subscribers more than doubled the number of papers to deliver (the Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald had no Sunday edition in those days), and the physical size of the paper was enormous – the size of a healthy Yule log and almost as dense. It was delivered to news carriers in three separate bundles – first the Classified section Saturday afternoon, and then the funnies and other special Sunday magazines and ads, and finally the Sunday news and sports sections. These all had to be inserted one into another before rolling the paper in half and rubber-banding it.

The route was large – too large – and would soon be split as the subdivision north of 29th Street continued to sprout new houses monthly. Kneeling on the garage floor to stuff the three sections into one and roll them, my hands and the thighs of my jeans would soon be plack with newsprint, and the stack of Sunday papers approaching the size of a half cord of firewood when I finished.

In those days, paperboys usually delivered from a bike or on foot, their papers loaded in a large canvas carrier’s bag. Sunday was just too big for that. I could only carry about a dozen to twenty Sunday Denver Posts in my delivery bag, compared to the entire route of 60 or so papers of the daily run. The one time I tried this with the bag wound around the handlebars of my hand-painted one-speed, it took me hours as I returned home time and again to refill the bag and head out to resume deliveries.

From then on I loaded the papers into the trunk of our ’62 Rambler Classic, which Dad backed into the driveway Saturday night. When the trunk filled I stacked them on the back seat and floor of the 4-door. I hired both of my younger brothers, and with Dad driving slowly through the sleepy streets, we trotted back and forth to the car for reloads and then worked our way up and down street after street.

By the time I was in college the print was too small for me to read much of the paper. Later I moved to Montana and sometimes read portions of the Sunday papers using a CCTV, but that was a dwindling return for my investment, and the pleasure of the Sunday paper became just a nagging void each week.

But we are the National Federation of the Blind, and it isn’t our way to dwell on the things that blindness prevents us from doing or enjoying – we figure out ways to do and enjoy those things that our sighted peers do and enjoy. Enter NFB Newsline®.

When Newsline finally came to Montana in 2002 the newspaper famine for the blind ended. Yes, there were the two Montana papers, including the Missoulian, but also soon other treats – the New Yorker and the Denver Post. It would prove to be the end of the LAN line era, true, but I still bought a ten-dollar speaker phone at one of the sprawling mega-stores for the sole purpose of sitting beside it with a cup of coffee and reading the papers on Newsline. It wasn’t long before the Sunday Denver Post became part of my regular reading list again.

I guess it just proves that an addict is always one hit away from relapse.

Nowadays the Sunday Denver Post isn’t nearly as large as in the old days … or maybe that’s just the difference in perspectives between childhood and adulthood. Nonetheless, it’s still substantial and the Sunday paper is still a shared thing at our house. I like to read Newsline on my laptop, using the clean web interface. Often Julie and I read things together, sports articles on the Broncos or Rockies, Ask Amy (like folksinger John Prine I regularly read Dear Abby) and any other items of interest.

I have a routine with the Sunday Post. There’s no more Empire Magazine, though NFB Newsline does feature the weekly Sunday supplement Parade, but I have never found it interesting. Instead, I go right to the Book section, which is where I first read about the late Denver writer, Gary Reilly and the launching of his Asphalt Warrior series of comic novels. (The first book of the series was recorded by the Colorado Talking Book Library, and was its first book to be accepted on BARD – DBC00656).

Next, I read the Arts section. From there, what I read and in what order is more a matter of whimsy – I might start on the front page and Local sections, or the sports section. Finally, I might poke through some of the other sections for anything of interest.

Of course, it’s the year 2015, so I am alerted to a good deal of the news I consume via social media. I follow a couple of reporters for the Denver Post and public radio, and still follow reporters and bloggers from Montana. But you know, for fast and efficient access to the news, nothing beats NFB Newsline’s web interface or the nimble mobile apps for getting my news fix. In fact, I love the iPhone app on workday mornings, when my newspaper reading is understandably more rushed.

Sunday though, that’s a lock. I’ll be logging in on NFB Newsline® to read the Denver Post!”

Well Dan, as for me, it is the Sports section of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Til next time…this has been another Tale from the Tip.