Perkins School For the Blind Participates in Capitol Hill Briefing

Technology experts from Perkins School For the Blind, a NEC member, were in Washington, D.C. last week to discuss assistive technology on a panel coordinated by the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities.

Marla Runyan, the Director of Digital Accessibility at Perkins, demonstrated the difficulties of using everyday technology for someone who has impaired vision and explained the ways in which Perkins is trying to address this issue.  One of these innovations is called Perkin Access, where technology experts like Runyan work with businesses and organizations to make their websites more accessible to people with disabilities.  In attendance at the meeting were Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Representative Joseph Kennedy (D-MA) who praised Perkins for their work.

Disability rights attorney Bobby Silverstein, who attended the event with Perkins explained, “Think about how much of your day includes working with your computer, calling somebody on the telephone, using the Internet. Think about your ability to function if you did not have access to those pieces of technology.”  He believes accessible technology is a human right that the government has the responsibility to protect.

The New England Council congratulates Perkins School For the Blind for their participation in this briefing on Capitol Hill and continued dedication to raising awareness about accessible technology.  Read more at Perkins.

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