On October 22, I asked the readers of the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog two poll questions on this topic:
I was slightly surprised by the results of the poll questions. I was operating under two assumptions that appear to be incorrect or at least incomplete.
I had assumed that a larger percentage of IT professionals, especially network administrators, were engaged in supportive activities for disabled and challenged employees on a daily basis.
I was also operating under the impression that the tools available for these supportive activities were inadequate and that there was a persistent need for better tools in this area.
The results of the poll questions suggest that my assumptions need to be rethought, so help me out. Is there just not that much need of accessibility support in a modern work environment, at least from an IT perspective? Are the tools provided for accessibility support, when IT professionals need them, completely adequate in most cases? I'd like to hear some more opinions about this subject, and I think many of your peers would too.
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Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.