Re: Using a Braille display with one working hand


On Mon, Aug 29, 2022 at 11:41 AM, Dave Grossoehme wrote:
I have seen where it is a fight on a blind person's self, to add hardware and/or software.
As have I.  If you are a citizen of the USA (or working in the USA - and I do not believe Mr. Lal is) this is a time where the ADA Card can and should be played, and played hard.

That's what I've resorted to when certain IT departments are being held hostage to the old saying, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."  Being an IT tech myself, I understand all too well how handy it is to have a perfectly consistent end user environment from a maintenance perspective.  But there are just not enough blind employees to say it's "too much work" to supply what are definitely reasonable accommodations.  And if you are the "trial balloon" then what you use could very easily become a part of the standard package if (and I do mean if) licensing fees are not involved.  For device drivers they're often not, and those are easy to add to any organization's standard image.

But in the end the ADA requires, not suggests, reasonable accommodations.  For any blind employee who reads Braille to be denied a Braille display for work use is the denial of a reasonable accommodation.  Even the casual mentioning of this is often enough to break the logjam.

Brian - Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H2, Build 19044

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

   ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

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