Re: VFO has acquired the Pacielo Group

Sieghard Weitzel <sieghard@...>

I think VFO as Pablo said has some good leadership and I have a feeling they are thinking ahead. It sounds to me like this organisation they acquired is in the business of trying to promote accessible web development and I think it is very encouraging for a company like VFO to jump onto this bandwagon. They know that the more websites are made accessible by web developers and the more there are standards being used, the better can they make Jaws to work with said standards in accessibility.
One example of what is possible is shown by canadian government websites. They are committed to be accessible and just about all of them follow web accessibility standards, have accessibility statements and for the most part are fully accessible and easy to navigate. This means that if an organisation, in this case the canadian government, makes a decision to make their websites accessible it is apparently possible and can be achieved with consistancy and a high degree of success.
Apple started the entire out of the box accessibility experience just 8 years ago and I think some pretty good advancements have been made simply because pretty much all of the other big players (Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft) have followed Apple's example and have started accessibility departments where a team of people specifically works on the issue. I am not surprised that sometimes there is a stumble or even a step back since all of these large organisations consist of many departments, there is often great rivalry between teams and sometimes outright pissing contests to see who can push through their agenda and a relatively small team like accessibility I am sure is still considered relatively unimportant by other teams. But I believe that now that this door has been opened it can't be closed any more and in time accessibility will continue to improve, technology will develop to consider accessibility from the ground up so that whatever work that is required wil simply be part of the development. One reason why I am pretty sure this is happening is the fact that many in leading positions with these companies are people who themselves may benefit from this accessibility as they get older, things like visual impairments as the population gets older and older will be more common and there will simply be a greater need for accessibility and those who need it will be people who grew up with technology unlike people like my parents who are now in their mid 70's and early 80's and who did not have this technology until they were in their late 50's at best. I taught my Mom how to use a computer when she was almost 60 and bought her an iPad when she was almost 70, because of this she had no problem buying and using an iPhone last year. My Dad, however, is almost 8 years older and he was never interested when my Mom first got her computer and now at 82 he has no interest and little understanding and he's barely capable of tapping the large button on my Mom's iPhone 6S Plus when a phone call comes in.
Now take people like Tim Cook or Zuckerberg, the former is now 56, Zuckerberg is not even 43, but you can bet that if they ever can't see well enough any more to use technology when they are 80 will want to have the accessibility in place to do so. In Cook's case this is 20 years away but of course several of these important people may also simply be exposed to the issue because family or friends close to them may have disabilities and I really think that accessibility at this point is considered to be important by most of them.
Lastly, consider how relatively little advancemens were made in the 20 years between say the late 80's and 2008/2009 and how much of a leap forward accessibility has taken in the last 7 or 8 years. I guaranty anybody that in another 10 years when we get close to reaching the next 20 year mark we all look back and shake our heads. Maybe we won't quite jump into our own self-driving electric cars in 10 years to drive to work, but we might be darn close. We have incredibly powerful processing capabilities, we have huge and inexpensive storage and we have fast and reliable wireless connections which are only getting faster. All of this is maturing technology which will make it possible for accessibility to be more deeply integrated.


-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Tom Behler
Sent: Sunday, May 7, 2017 10:42 AM
Subject: Re: VFO has acquired the Pacielo Group

Exactly, because I have to say that I'm experiencing more and more difficulty that appears to be related to Jaws not keeping up with Office 365, which I currently use.

I'm not saying this to complain; I'm just noting it as an increasingly-significant reality that we all face.

Dr. Tom Behler from Michigan

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Maria Campbell
Sent: Sunday, May 07, 2017 1:11 PM
Subject: Re: VFO has acquired the Pacielo Group

Just as two examples, They might be very smart, but what we need is developers capable of keeping up with, or driving accessibility of technology, out of the box, preferably.
Faithfulness does not begin with large tasks-if it is not present in small things, it does not exist at all.

On 5/7/2017 1:06 PM, Pablo Morales wrote:
This guys are very smart.

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of
Randy Barnett
Sent: Sunday, May 7, 2017 12:53 PM
Subject: VFO has acquired the Pacielo Group

So what do you guys and gals think this means to us?
VFO has acquired the Pacielo Group, the software accessibility firm
providing website and application compliance solutions to enterprises throughout the world:

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