Well, that sort of thing happens often enough here too, but ever since
the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's the USA in general is more
consciously aware of a persons individual civil rights weather they be
of another race, gender, or if they have a disability. Plus sad to say
we have had a lot of politically correct laws passed that makes people
afraid of being sued if they mistreat someone of another gender, race,
or if they have some sort of disability. We could use that to our
advantage if we want to, some do, but it also increases tentions between
sighted people and those with a disability.
A case in point. I once ordered a cup of cofee from McDonald's. Now,
everyone knows about the case about the woman who sued McDonald's after
she placed a hot cup of cofee between her legs, and burned herself down
there. Well, sometime later I come along buy a cup of cofee, and the
woman who took my order was insistant that I don't carry it to my table
myself, and did it herself, waited until it cooled before handing it to
me. I could have felt insulted, and to this day I'm not sure if the
woman was genuinely concerned for my safety or was just concerned I'd
burn myself and sue her and MicDonald's if I did. Perhaps it was a bit
of both. Either way being that I was totally blind I obviously got
special treatment when I really didn't need any, and weather it was out
of genuine concern or fear I might sue someone I had to put up with this
indignaty of having someone else hold my coffee until it cooled. Ah, but
I'm getting way off topic myself.
Anyway, the average persons view of disability has gone up some over the
passed few years. There have been laws like Public Law 9-22 that makes
it possible for the National Library Service for the Blind, Bookshare,
and RFB&D to operate which is where we get a majority of our accessible
materials come from. There is Section 508 which to its credit has forced
companies like Apple to take accessibility much more seriously, and to
their credit Apple has adopted a high degree of accessibility standards
regarding their software over the passed couple of years. One by one we
are making progress, but there are areas such as games where the law
doesn't quite reach far enough. Hopefully this suit will bring some
positive attention to this subject and bring developers to the table to
improve the accessibility standards of their games up some.
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