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Jobs Website Agrees to Changes to Assist the Blind

BOSTON (AP/WGGB) — Massachusetts officials are hoping blind job candidates will find it easier to seek employment in the future because of changes Monster.com plans to make to its services.

Changes by Monster Worldwide, Inc. are aimed at giving visually-impaired people equal access to the company’s jobs website and mobile applications.

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says the changes will follow an agreement the company reached with her office and National Federation of the Blind.

Mark Paquette who’s Vice President of the Springfield chapter of the National Federation of the Blind told us, “The blind have had really hard times getting into the employment field. Right now, the blind unemployment rate is at about 70%.”

Coakley’s office says it wasn’t sparked by a complaint or litigation threat, but grew out of consumer advocacy concerns and work with advocates for the blind.

Monster.com will use software that converts on-screen information into Braille or speech so blind people can use keyboard commands to access the same information as people who can see.


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