NFB and Amazon.com on Accessibility
NFB got them to commit to work on accessibility. So, someone came from Amazon.com to speak about this at this years' NFB Convention in Dallas.
Craig Woods started by telling the big rocks, gravel, sand, water story, the one where after filling the jar with rocks, there's still room to add gravel, and then sand and finally water. The moral of the story is that if you want to work on your big priorities, you have to get them in your jar first, because otherwise the small stuff will keep you from getting to them.
The speech itself was pretty basic: Amazon cares about its customers above all else, and so accessibility is important. Dr. Mauer, president of the NFB, challenged Craig at the end to confirm that accessibility was a "big rock" for Amazon.com: a major priority. And, he did!
That's good, because Amazon.com has to work not only on website accessibility, but also on access to digital books. The Kindle is very exciting: I own one and like it a lot. I saw a man with low vision using a Kindle at NFB. But, the majority of the blind cannot use it at all. And, Amazon hasn't made any indication I'm aware of to address this problem. So, I'm sure NFB will keep pushing: that's an essential role of strong advocates!