Customers With Disabilities

Consumer Electronic Standards for All Ages, Abilities

by Employee ‎11-02-2011 03:22 PM - edited ‎11-07-2011 05:00 PM

Nisheeth.PNGI learned and started focusing on consumer electronics and home appliances accessibility issues through Sunish Gupta (no relation) who I met during my education in Cambridge, MA. Sunish, 40, who was born sighted, experienced the onset of Retinal Pigmentosa, a condition that affects a person’s night vision and peripheral vision, in the mid-1990s. He was diagnosed with the incurable disease in 2001.


The population of the United States is aging rapidly, and many persons in the older population have disabilities that lower their quality of life. In fact:

  • 14.2% of persons over 65 reported long-lasting blindness, deafness, or hearing impairment in 2000.
  • And 42% reported some type of long-lasting disabilities.

It is important to enable seniors, persons with various disabilities, and other groups of consumers to access easily the ever-more-complex user interfaces found in everyday consumer electronics and home appliances.


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