It is very interesting to see the rivalry of companies falling apart when they come together to create something that benefits many, especially when it comes to people with special needs.
And that’s exactly what Apple, a Microsoft and other technology companies did by collaborating in creating the most new standard for braille terminals (braille displays).
The non-profit organization USB-IF (USB Implementers Forum) today announced the new standard USB HID (Human Interface Device) for Braille terminals.
Apple already supports several Braille terminals on their mobile devices, enabling blind and low vision users to read and write digitally. However, the new standard will facilitate the operation of this type of device on any type of hardware or operating system.
Sarah Herrlinger, Apple’s director of global accessibility policies and initiatives, spoke about Apple’s participation in the project:
The technology must be accessible to everyone and Apple designs all products with that in mind. We are proud to promote this new standard of USB-IF because we believe in improving the experience of all people who depend on Braille terminals to use their Apple products or any other device.
The head of the Windows accessibility program at Microsoft, Jeff Petty, also spoke about the project, saying that the company “sees the opportunity that advances in technology can create for people with disabilities” and “has a responsibility to develop new ways of empower everyone to get more ”. He believes that with the implementation of this new standard, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities will improve.
There is definitely no better use of technology than applying it in accessibility, in order to provide equal opportunities to people who normally would not have it.
Nice job, really. ??