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ADA Blog #21

Airline travel has certainly been challenging during the past several weeks with snow in every state except Florida. I'm sure you keep your cell phone/laptop charged in order to make all those last minute flight changes due to cancelled flights or flights rescheduled at inconvenient times. Imagine if you were blind and couldn't "read" the airline's website in order to make those changes? A tedious task at best.

I just learned that The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the nation's leading advocate for Internet access by blind Americans, announced an agreement with Travelocity, one of the largest and most popular online travel agencies, to make travelocity.com more accessible to the blind.  Under the agreement, Travelocity will make accessible by July 1, 2011, its home page and each initial Web page used for searching Flights, Hotels, Vacation Packages, Last Minute Packages, Cars and Rail, Cruises, and Activities, with the accessibility of the rest of the pages needed to complete a booking to follow soon after.  Travelocity has committed to make its entire Web site fully accessible to blind people by March 30, 2012.

Making websites accessible for people with disabilities makes those websites easier to navigate for everyone. They are typically easier and faster to use. Hope you get where you need to go safely and on time!

Shelley

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