Letter to Contractors Regarding the Procurement of Accessible At-home COVID-19 Test Kits for Blind Americans (January 14, 2022)

The below letter was sent to Medea, Inc. Similar letters were also sent to:
Robb Fujioka, Chief Executive Officer, Revival Health Inc.
Xiaozhen Wang, Partner, Atlantic Trading LLC
Phil Clayton, President, Goldbelt Security LLC



January 14, 2022

Brandon Laidlaw
Medea Inc.
5653 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 119
Pleasanton, CA 94588
[email protected]

RE: Procuring accessible at-home COVID-19 test kits for blind Americans

Dear Mr. Laidlaw:

The National Federation of the Blind, the nation’s transformative membership and advocacy organization of the blind, applauds your company for partnering with the Biden administration to bolster COVID-19 testing nationwide and, as we shared in our recent letters to The President and Commissioner Woodcock , we offer our assistance in ensuring that the at-home COVID-19 test kits procured by your company are fully accessible to blind Americans.

At-home tests can be a critical resource in stopping the spread of the COVID-19 virus, but they must be usable to be effective. No one should be excluded from such important and potentially life-saving testing opportunities, especially when we can partner to find a solution that works for all Americans. We have a window to collaborate and innovate now.

Procuring at-home COVID-19 tests without ensuring their accessibility is a missed opportunity. We await your prompt response and stand ready to work with you to make these at-home COVID-19 test kits accessible for all.

Mark A. Riccobono, President
National Federation of the Blind

cc: Janet Woodcock, Acting Commissioner, US Food and Drug Administration, [email protected]

Dawn O’Connell, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, US Department of Health and Human Services, [email protected]

Darryl Colvin, Acting Joint Program Executive Officer for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense, [email protected]