More tech for blind computer users

January 4, 2009

New York Times article on a Google engineer who designs interfaces for blind computer users.

Mr. Raman says he thinks he has the largest impact when he can persuade other engineers to make their products accessible — or, better yet, when he can convince them that there are interesting problems to be solved in this area. “If I can get another 10 engineers motivated to work on accessibility,” he said, “it is a huge win.”

This has been my experience with engineers and engineering students. People go into engineering because they enjoy problem-solving. People with disabilities have  problems that are solvable with appropriately designed technology. Not only that, but they are interesting problems to solve. Engineering students just don’t get enough exposure to this need so they aren’t aware of it.

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