A Ridiculous Question

So you go to work tomorrow, and it is pay day. You receive a paycheck for $15.00 for two weeks of work. You speak to your supervisor, and you are informed that the company has switched to a new payroll model based on a new law, Section D (9) (u), that calculates wages based on a new commensurate wage formula. This new formula is only used to calculate the wages paid to you and others like you.

All Charitable Contributions Sustain Exploitive Services

ACCSES, the American Congress of Community Supports and Employment Services, is the name of an nonprofit “charitable” organization that claims to represent disability service providers across the country and professes to be the voice of disability service providers speaking for people with disabilities.

Kindle Fire HDX

The Kindle Fire HDX is the latest tablet from Amazon, and it is again, claiming to include accessibility for blind users.  In the past, I have pretty freely lambasted Amazon’s accessibility efforts because in many cases they were downright insulting to blind users.  There has never been an eInk Kindle that allows for proper non-visual navigation of text, nor an accessible application

The Sprint Kyocera Kona talking feature phone

Basic talking phones are few and far between, though the news of them manifests itself on the NFB tech line every few days.

75 Years of the Fair Labor Standards Act and People with Disabilities Have No Reason to Celebrate

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) with an all-day program.  There will be a host of presentations on various wage and workplace achievements.  However, a significant topic will not be discussed: Section 14(c) of the FLSA.  

The Prodigi Talking Magnifier

It's not too often that new and exciting devices appear in the realm of low vision, so it is not very surprising that the Prodigi talking digital magnifier is causing a stir. These talking magnifiers, as highlighted in an earlier blog post, have been making steady headway and are becoming more common.

Inclusive Publishing on the Horizon: Introducing the AAP EPUB 3 Implementation Project White Paper

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has been engaged in every aspect of the publishing marketplace to ensure that we continue to move toward the standard of "same book, same time, same price!" In other words our vision for the future is that a blind person (or anyone else requiring specific design features is a digital book to gain access to the content) will be able to buy the same digi

Unmasking the Exploitation of Workers with Disabilities

Is Goodwill Tricking or Treating its Contributors?

Shutdown Slams Blind Merchants

Since its inception in 1936, the federal Randolph-Sheppard program has become the most effective government employment program for the blind. Today some one thousand blind entrepreneurs operate businesses on federal property throughout the United States, ranging from full-service restaurants and cafeterias to vending machine stocking and maintenance operations.

The Journey Toward Braille: Potential and Limitations of using Braille with iDevices

Today, with the right resources and in the right circumstances, it is possible for a Braille reader to purchase a book the same day it is released by the publisher, at the same price paid by the print reader, and read it immediately on a mobile device in reasonably good quality Braille.