JAWS Kiosk Screen Reader Software Recognized by Travel Industry From TPGi Blog Apr2021 — JAWS Kiosk awarded Judge’s Choice Award (first place) at this year’s TravelAbility Summit Launchpad event held on April 1, 2021. The JAWS Kiosk screen reader solution earned high praise for criteria such as articulation of a problem and solution, enhancing the travel experience for… Read More »
SSTM News – U.S. Access Board to Host Panel Discussions on Self-Service Transaction Machines (May 19) The U.S. Access Board will host panel discussions on access to self-service transaction machines (SSTMs), including point-of-sales machines and ticket kiosks, as part of its next virtual Board meeting on May 19 from 1:00 – 3:15 (ET). One panel will include representatives from advocacy organizations who will discuss usability issues and accessibility barriers. Another panel will address efforts by… Read More »
Justice Department Files Statement of Interest in Lawsuit Regarding Self-Service Kiosks in Health Care Setting Editors Note: thanks to Nicky for spotting this early and sending it to me. This is interesting on several levels but the main one for us is that the lack of concierge or assistance is detailed. A variant of this for PCI regulations is the… Read More »
Countertop Kiosk ADA-equipped Standard Configuration We were cruising the internet and took a look at one of the standard kiosk model being offered by American Kiosks. AK is headed up by Eric Nebola and Tucker Lightsey. Some of you will remember Dan Berry who is one of the reps there. We couldn’t help but notice that the stock… Read More »
BusinessWire 1/7/2020 January 07, 2020 06:00 AM Eastern Standard Time WESTMINSTER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Kiosk Manufacturer Association aka KMA is in booth 1703 at the upcoming NRF 2020 Big Show in New York City Jan 12-14. For a preview of KMA kiosk companies at NRF read our NRF 2020 Preview. NRF Booth Information Sponsors participating include Olea Kiosks, KioWare,… Read More »
Vispero And Storm Interface Collaborate To Provide Accessible Interactive Kiosk Solution December 4, 2019 CLEARWATER, Fla., Dec. 4, 2019 — Vispero, the world’s leading assistive technology provider for the visually impaired, is excited to share news of a partnership between Vispero and Storm Interface, combining the JAWS® screen reader with Storm’s assistive technology products to create the most accessible kiosk experience for users… Read More »
Three blind Maryland residents and the National Federation of the Blind are suing Walmart.
The plaintiffs are seeking a permanent injunction that would require Walmart to make its self-service kiosks throughout the U.S. accessible to blind customers; a declaration that Walmart has been violating the ADA; and court costs and attorneys’ fees.
According to the suit, Morales and Boyd were checking out at a self-service kiosk when Morales handed an employee her debit card and instructed the employee to enter her pin number on the keypad. She expected to pay about $80 for her items, according to the suit. During the transaction, the screen prompted the users to take money from the machine, the suit claims. When Morales and Boyd left the store, they asked a bystander to read the receipt and realized Morales was charged about $120.
They re-entered the store and called police, and the $40 was ultimately returned, according to the complaint.
ADA Kiosk News Full text on kma.global – Sep13 Excerpt: This update to the FAR includes several key changes to ensure that federal agencies comply with Section 508 in their acquisitions of ICT. One change requires agencies to specifically identify which ICT accessibility standards are applicable to a procurement. Another change requires federal agencies to document in writing… Read More »
Universal design aims to create an environment accessible to all, regardless of age, or linguistic or physical limitations. As Tokyo prepares for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, one venture firm working to make Japan a world leader in this area is led by Toshiya Kakiuchi. Wheelchair bound since childhood due to brittle bone disease, this young entrepreneur provides consulting on facilities and services for the disabled, aiming to change preconceptions and facilitate true hospitality.
Very good documentary on Toshiya Kakiuchi and Japan accessibility features. Includes Narita airport and restaurants.
ADA Kiosk News – U.S. Access Board Webinar: Open Question and Answer Session (March 1) The next webinar in the U.S. Access Board‘s free monthly series will take place March 1 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET)and feature an open question-and-answer session. Questions are welcome on any of the Board‘s guidelines or standards, including the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards and new standards for medical… Read More »
New York City’s public Wi-Fi kiosks aren’t sufficiently accessible to blind people, according to claims made in a lawsuit filed Thursday by attorneys representing advocates for the disabled.
The kiosks include Braille labels next to a 911 button and a headphone jack. The kiosk’s touch-screen tablet is also at a level so that those in a wheelchair are able to use it, according to a CityBridge spokesman.
Mindy Jacobsen, a 65-year-old Brooklyn resident, is one of three blind residents suing the city. Last week, Ms. Jacobsen, who teaches technology courses in Manhattan, said she plugged her headphones into a kiosk on Eighth Avenue, hoping to use it for directions. But the maps feature was on the touch screen, which Ms. Jacobsen couldn’t use.
A 911 call can only be placed when an on-screen prompt is pressed.
How to Retrofit Your Self-Service Kiosk for Usability and Accessibility Presented on June 14, 2022 at 12pm ET Join Laura Boniello Miller, Director of Business Development and Traci Martin Murray, Director of Business Development to discuss retrofitting options for making your kiosk deployment accessible to users with disabilities. You have already purchased and deployed kiosks but want (or… Read More »
Walmart has agreed to settle a disability-rights suit by installing equipment in its stores in California that will enable people in wheelchairs to read the screens at checkout display terminals and make credit card purchases on their own. The proposed settlement in federal court in San Francisco is intended to make the point-of-sale machines at Walmart’s more than 200 stores in the state accessible to the more than 300,000 Californians who use wheelchairs or motorized scooters.
Big deal for NCR who now needs to fix their design?
Editors Note: We think this integration was “backed out” and replaced since the announcement. MADISON, WI – United Airlines has incorporated EZ Access® technologies into their new self-service kiosks to better ensure that the kiosks are accessible to all travelers. According to Jaymes Todero, United’s eCommerce Product Manager, “United strives to be an industry leader and a big part of… Read More »
Section 508 Best Practices Webinar: Section 508 Webinars — The next webinar in the Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series will take place May 29 from 1:00 to 2:30 (ET) and cover strategies for meeting the updated 508 Standards in federal procurements. Presenters from the General Services Administration (GSA) will review available tools and resources, such as an Applicability Checklist on the… Read More »
Self-Service Kiosks for Hotels, Restaurants Article on Hospitality Tech by Vispero Feb 2020 By Laura Boniello Miller, Corporate Business Development Manager for the JAWS Kiosk program at Vispero, parent company of The Paciello Group – 02/26/2020 People with disabilities travel and dine out just like everyone else. Research conducted by the Open Doors Organization in 2015 found that… Read More »
From the new TPGi website Feb 2021 — The Paciello Group is now rebranded as TPG Interactive or TPGi. TPGi is a division of Vispero. We note that TPGi is one of the contributors to WCAG 3.0 and is the top tier in accessibility testing and guidance. With the proliferation of web and mobile ordering, accessibility is more… Read More »
Question of the day – ADA Kiosk Compliance Are kiosks installed prior to 2010 ADA regulations subject to 2010 regulations? Ok, I’ll take a shot at this. My name is Craig Keefner and I work for Olea Kiosks which is a highly skillled kiosk manufacturer and designer in ADA. Note that this is my personal opinion. The engineering design… Read More »
CIOC Revised Section 508 Chapter 4 Hardware (including Mobile) Tuesday, July 25, 2017 The revised Section 508 Standards and Section 255 Guidelines address many changes to technology that have occurred since 2000. Among the most significant changes are the widespread use of mobile technology and the increasing use of mobile devices to perform a variety of ICT functions.… Read More »
ADA News – EZ Access® trademark Licensed by Assistra Technologies MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) has executed an exclusive license agreement with Assistra Technologies, LLC, covering a portfolio of patents and trademarks relating to disability access systems for self-service kiosks, touch screen systems, and similar devices. The patents included in the license cover a variety of aspects… Read More »
By Samuel R. Bagenstos On September 7, on a straight party-line vote, the Republican-controlled House Judiciary Committee moved forward a bill
On September 7, on a straight party-line vote, the Republican-controlled House Judiciary Committee moved forward a bill that would gut key protections for people with disabilities. Although versions of this legislation had been introduced in prior years, the bill did not go anywhere while President Barack Obama stood ready to veto it. But now that President Donald Trump, whose actions have demonstrated hostility to civil rights, occupies the White House, the proposal presents a real risk of passage. If Republicans in Congress do eviscerate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it will be the culmination of their recent abandonment of the bipartisan consensus in favor of inclusion and equality for disabled persons.
The current bill, misleadingly titled the “ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017,” would render largely unenforceable key ADA requirements that businesses be accessible to disabled consumers – requirements that they provide ramps instead of stairs where possible, that doorways be wide enough for wheelchairs and so forth.
Sponsors of the “ADA Education and Reform Act,” such as Texas Republican Ted Poe, say that the bill is necessary to stop unscrupulous lawyers from bringing frivolous or abusive ADA cases against small businesses. But state bars, and individual judges, already have ample authority to sanction attorneys who engage in such unprofessional conduct. And the ADA itself protects the interests of business owners by providing that an existing facility need not remove accessibility barriers unless doing so is easy to accomplish without significant expense.
Rather than protecting legitimate business interests, the bill pending in Congress would give a reprieve to enterprises that have had 27 years to comply with the law but have not yet done so. That is a betrayal of the basic promise of the ADA – that people with disabilities would be treated as equal citizens, with full access to America’s civic and economic life.
A linchpin of Castro Street, Ava’s Downtown Market & Deli has weathered fierce competition, rising costs and parking troubles. Now the grocery store’s latest threat has to do with the dimensions of its displays and chairs.
In the House of Representatives, a bipartisan bill has passed the House Judiciary Committee and awaits action by the House. This legislation requires that attorneys give notice to business owners before a lawsuit is filed. If the ADA problems — inaccessible bathrooms, parking lots, ramps, etc. — are not fixed within 120 days, the lawsuit proceeds.
But, if the business fixes the problems, a lawsuit would be moot. This would be a true win-win for everyone — other than the trial attorneys. In fact, some plaintiffs from ADA drive-by lawsuits are actually suing their supposed attorneys because they were deceived about the nature of the lawsuits filed.
ADA Kiosk News – US Access Board Meeting in Washington, D.C. On November 1st as part of our ADA Committee, several of us traveled to Washington, DC to meet with the U.S. Access Board. The reason for visiting was to introduce ourselves to each other, discuss how we can work together more closely and give the Board an… Read More »
U.S. Access Board Issues Correction to ICT Refresh Final Rule The U.S. Access Board has issued a correction to its updated accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) to restore provisions on TTY access that were inadvertently omitted. The action applies to the final rulethe Board published last January to jointly refresh its Rehabilitation Act (Section 508) standards for ICT… Read More »
The ADA Education and Reform Act, or H.R.620, is slated to come up for a full vote in the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday or Thursday. But detractors say the bill would gut the part of the landmark ADA law which requires public businesses to make accommodations allowing for ease of entry for people with disabilities.
Something needs to be done about predatory lawyers for sure but this doesn’t do it. It basically drops the bar for companies a couple of notches and eliminates any legal action. Remains to be seen whether companies decide long term it is in their interest to deploy assistive infrastructure now, or later.
ADA Kiosk – U.S. Access Board Launches YouTube Channel The U.S. Access Board is a federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities through leadership in accessible design and the development of accessibility guidelines and standards. Its guidelines and standards address access to the built environment, information and communication technology, transportation, and medical diagnostic equipment. The Board… Read More »
AudioEye Now KMA Sponsor & Joins ADA Accessibility Committee We want to thank AudioEye for becoming a sponsor of the Kiosk Manufacturer Association. AudioEye is also now a member of the KMA Accessibility Committee. About AudioEye AudioEye works with companies to ensure their digital content is accessible to users of all abilities. Approximately 15-percent of the world’s population has… Read More »
access-board.gov • contact us Access Currents News from the U.S. Access Board • March/ April 2019 Follow the Board on Twitter Access Board to Hold Town Hall Meeting and Training in Indianapolis on May 21 Karen Tamley Elected Access Board Chair Upcoming Board Webinars Poland Creates Entity Modeled after the U.S. Access Board Congressional Measures Address Airline Accessibility… Read More »
Posted on kma.global May 2019 from Denver Post Excerpt from The Denver Post May 2019 It is also a reminder of why it’s important to keep the pressure on government and private entities to make public places accessible to all. “The sort of run-of-the mill storefronts, restaurants, retail store, those really should be accessible now and a lot are but… Read More »
Self Service ADA Accessibility Requirements and Quiz Kiosk Industry and KMA are offering a free consultation for ADA and Accessibility for your self-service project. Also to assist, a downloadable PDF with current ADA, Section 508 and ACA regulations that are currently mandated. Excerpt below — Are your kiosks ADA-compliant? Typically prospects and customers will include a stipulation that… Read More »
Join Our ADA Kiosk Research Panel KMA’s Accessibility Research Panel serves as an ongoing feedback mechanism between KMA and the community. We invite companies interested in accessibility, associations dedicated to accessibility as well as users who are blind or partially sighted are invited to join and share insights and opinions on accessible technology and more through focus groups,… Read More »
Partnership enables more than 500,000 website customers to easily and affordably achieve legal compliance for digital accessibility TUCSON, Ariz., January 21, 2020 — AudioEye, Inc. (NASDAQ: AEYE), an industry-leading software solution delivering website accessibility compliance to businesses of all sizes, has announced a partnership with Duda, the leading web design platform for companies that offer web design services to small businesses. WCAG Conformance… Read More »
CSUN 2020 Conference – Kiosks From CSUN website Feb 2020 KMA at CSUN This March 11th-13th, Vispero will be leading multiple presentations on kiosk accessibility at CSUN’s Annual Accessibility Conference being held in Anaheim, CA. Vispero’s Vice President and subject matter expert Matt Ater, will lead a panel of kiosk accessibility experts on “Lessons Learned from Developing Accessible Kiosks”. The… Read More »
From the THEPACIELLOGROUP website and Matt Ater — March 2020 Editors Note: It is a fact that more than ever before companies are relying on the website to service customers. But are all customers being served? Liability for accessibility is the #1 concern for corporate websites. Let Vispero help guide you. JAWS Accessibility: Selecting the Correct Input Device… Read More »