Thread Subject: 1194.3 (e) BIOS
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From: Takemura, Michael (HP Accessibility)
Date: Mon, May 07 2007 11:25 AM
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This reminds me of a discussion with Craig Luigart during the
original 508 discussions. As a person with a disability and
a former fighter pilot, he said that while he thought that airplanes
should be accessible to passengers with disabilities, he couldn't
imagine requirements to make an airplane accessible for a person
who is blind to fly the plane...
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Subject: [teitac-general] 1194.3 (e) BIOS
Randy Marsden wrote:
> It comes down to whether or not editing of the BIOS is a common enough
> IT activity to warrant accessibility requirements. There seems to be
> two camps on that question: some believe it is, others don't.
Of course blind technicians are precluded from certain jobs because of
this. It can't be a "common enough IT activity" for blind folks because
the present attitude even includes the "seek sighted help" mandate.
We are back to whether carrying a mobility impaired defendant into a
second-floor courtroom in an elevator-free building constitutes "OK" -
it doesn't. And neither is it all right for any significant aspect of
dealing with a computer to be inaccessible.
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