I attended a very interesting conference yesterday in
Paris, the 8th eAccessibility conference
. The theme this year was user
generated content. I presented this from Sendero and a blind person's
perspective as I also did at the CSUN conference
with Josh Miele from Smith Kettlewell
As you may know, Sendero has had the ability to add user
Points of Interest since its first product in 2000. Actually, it even goes back
to Atlas Speaks in 1995. Now of course, adding points is more automatic but the
value remains the same. When I went to the conference in an Uber, the nearest
access for a vehicle was about 1000 feet from the door of the Science Museum
where the conference was held. I was able to navigate straight to the main door
because of a user point recorded there by one of our users, with initials, PB.
I know many of you have points you have recorded but you
haven't bothered to figure out how to share them. The value in all this is only
significant when many people contribute. I implore you to make your
contribution. Think of it like voting. You may feel insignificant in the
greater scheme of things but you aren't. Each vote counts as each user POI
helps you out and it helps out another blind user.
I will send a link to the papers from eAccessibility when
they are published. I shared a session with a French guy in a chair who has a
site called Jaccede.com
This is another community action approach. I think if
we are really going to make a difference, then Jaccede, Blindsquare
Smith Kettlewell and others on the disability front must get together so we can
collectively make our voice felt with international guidelines to be adopted by
mainstream companies like Foursquare or others.
Ok, off my soap box.
Now, upload your points please.