Hammering The Accessibility Wall
If I had a hammer, I’d hammer out a window in the wall of inaccessibility.
Tonight the team at BlindAlive is feeling stubborn and angry. We hit a major accessibility wall today with our app development project. It has literally taken us months to jump through the required hoops with Apple to get our developer’s license to create our BlindAlive app. Today everything went through and we were so excited to finally get the app up and into beta testing.
Well, I went to add Austin, the app creator to the account in iTunes Connect and we slammed hard into an accessibility wall that none of us expected. The developer’s tools were not compatible with Voice Over, the screen reader we use. We were told that there was nothing we could do. Granted a virtual wall doesn’t hurt as bad as an actual wall, but the pain and frustration runs deeper for us.
I do not blame Apple for this exactly. I am sure it never occurred to anyone there that a blind person would have the guts to even attempt to create an app. Well, “times they are a changing”, and we are determined to see this project through. We do not discriminate against sighted people and we were hoping our team could develop this app on our own with minimal help.
So tonight, we are sitting back and licking our wounds, but tomorrow we will put our heads together to figure a way to move forward. Our Eyes-Free Fitness app is screaming to be born and we will make our app happen one way or another!
Mel Scott BlindAlive, LLC Founder and President BlindAlive.com Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Mel Scott BlindAlive, LLC Founder and President BlindAlive.com Facebook Twitter LinkedIn