Procurement and Accessibility
Taking accessibility seriously inside a large organization or company eventually leads you to the operation of procurement. A significant portion of what the organization purchases is information technology, and it will need to be used by clients, customers, employees and/or the general public. People with a wide variety of disabilities are found within the user base, and the procurement process needs to yield IT that they can use as readily as everyone else. Unfortunately, this is not the case in many places for many reasons. Fortunately, there are solutions.
Curb Cuts Podcast featuring Debby Kaplan
If you live in an American city and you don’t personally use a wheelchair, it’s easy to overlook the small ramp at most intersections, between the sidewalk and the street. Today, these curb cuts are everywhere, but fifty years ago — when an activist named Ed Roberts was young — most urban corners featured a sharp drop-off, making it difficult for him and other wheelchair users to get between blocks without assistance.