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NFB asks for Apple to set disability standards for App Store titles

updated 03:48 pm EDT, Wed July 9, 2014

Some major third-party apps failing to accommodate blind

The National Federation of the Blind will soon start a campaign to get Apple to factor in accessibility when it approves App Store titles, according to Reuters. The organization approved a resolution for the campaign at a convention held last week in Orlando, Florida. While there are no plans to repeat a 2008 lawsuit which targeted iTunes' accessibility, some NFB members -- including California board member Michael Hingson -- have suggested that one might be necessary to get Apple to change its practices.

Apple has made regular strides towards improving the accessibility features in iOS. Third-party apps have largely escaped scrutiny though, which can be a problem since some are just as essential to the average person as Apple's own. Some examples given include Netflix, Bank of America, and Southwest Airlines, which lack support for even basic accessibility functions like labels that can be read by VoiceOver.

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