Attorney General Martha Coakley, Monster Worldwide, Inc. and National Federation of the Blind (NFB) announced on Wednesday January 30, 2013 that Monster.com will be the first job search and recruitment website in the industry to provide job seekers who are blind with full and equal access to all of its products and services including mobile applications.
“Unemployment and underemployment in the blind community are significant problems and given the extent to which computers and the Internet have become integral to our daily lives, it is essential that websites are accessible to everyone,” AG Coakley said. “We are pleased to have worked with the NFB and Monster to make the company’s valuable products and services accessible and to provide better employment opportunities to job seekers who are blind, visually impaired or have other print disabilities such as dyslexia. We are hopeful that with the ability to access written information in an audible text to speech format, these users will now have access to jobs, and better jobs, than ever before. We want technology to improve people’s lives, not create obstacles or barriers.”
This announcement is a result of the agreement with AG’s Office and the NFB. As part of this settlement agreement, Monster Worldwide will:
- Contribute $50,000 to the Commonwealth to fund the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind’s (MCB) job internship program
- Provide $50,000 to serve as the title sponsor of the NFB’s annual convention in 2013
- Monster will make its desktop and mobile websites fully and equally accessible
- Mobile applications will be made accessible within two years
- Monster will ensure that the templates employers use to post job advertisements on its site will be fully and equally accessible within six months
- Monster will also train its customer service representatives to assist users who are blind and will establish a standing committee to oversee implementation of the agreement and other issues related to accessibility in the future
- Monster has also agreed to work with the NFB to encourage higher education programs to incorporate accessible design and assistive technology in to their core curricula
Read the full press release, Monster.com First in Industry to Make Website Accessible for Blind Users.