Due to the maturing technological market, many adaptive and access services for blind and low-vision persons—an area TalkNav previously thrived in—are no longer necessary.
This is progress, and is something we celebrate; this shift in corporate attitude was long overdue and is slowly creating a world in which many of the products and services we previously regarded as indispensable, are now surplus to requirements. We now inhabit a world in which the likes of Apple and Google are aspiring to embrace an inclusive design paradigm throughout their products and services.
However, this does not mean the necessity for adaptive or access technologies has disappeared, to the contrary, the many strides made recently only highlights the stark reality of those businesses that maintain a staunch defiance to accessibility.
Alongside this, are those areas in which inaccessibility is still pervasive. It is these areas in which we, and firms such as Sendero, must still forge a new path: put quite simply, blind and low-vision users still clamour for the freedom and flexibility of their sighted peers.
Though TalkNav as an entity is being wound-down, the consultancy and information services we provided are still available through its CEO, Neil Barnfather’s, consultancy business.
It has been our pleasure to serve our community for these last ten years.