Valour-IT – Laptops for Wounded Soldiers

(via Boing Boing)

Valour-IT is a non-profit that is providing wounded U.S. soldiers with laptops loaded with voice recognition software. These laptops help soldiers who are struggling to cope with new disabilities to communicate with family and friends and empowers them by providing a tool they can use even without the use of their hands. This is a great cause and well worth your support if you have even a few dollars to spare. You can donate online or by sending a check through the mail.

This is a great opportunity to bring up again the topic of accessibility and how important it is that the web sites and software we build be made as accessible as possible to help out those who can’t use a keyboard, mouse, and monitor effectively due to disabilities. Accessibility on web sites is often talked about only in terms of working with screen readers for visually impaired people, however there is a wide range of disabilities such as motor impairments as a result of injury that can keep someone from using a web site. While it’s not sexy or even very interesting to most customers, focusing on accessibility is good business because it opens doors to customers, and it is simply good, by helping out those who are already struggling to overcome a disability.

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