No 2020 candidates websites are fully accessible to the blind: review

No 2020 candidates websites are fully accessible to the blind: review
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None of the top candidates currently running for president have websites that are fully accessible for a blind person to navigate, according to a review by a Miami-based institute for the blind

The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired conducted a review of campaign websites for the 20 Democratic candidates participating in the debates, as well as President TrumpDonald TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE and his only GOP primary challenger, former Massachusetts governor William Feld.

“It makes a person furious. It makes me wonder why candidates talk about their concern for people with disabilities and yet out of ignorance, they have the sin of omission, of not considering this," Miami Lighthouse CEO Virginia Jacko, a blind voter, told Time.


The review graded accessibility for the blind on a score of 1 to 4, ranging from "not accessible" to "fully accessible."

The top four candidates in terms of accessibility were former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDC residents jumped at opportunity to pay for meals for National Guardsmen Joe Biden might bring 'unity' – to the Middle East Biden shouldn't let defeating cancer take a backseat to COVID MORE, former Rep. John DelaneyJohn DelaneyCoronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Rodney Davis Eurasia Group founder Ian Bremmer says Trump right on China but wrong on WHO; CDC issues new guidance for large gatherings The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas says country needs to rethink what 'policing' means; US cases surpass 2 million with no end to pandemic in sight MORE (D-Md.), Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardTulsi Gabbard blasts new House rules on gender neutral language as 'height of hypocrisy' A vaccine, a Burrito and more: 7 lighter, memorable moments from 2020 Growing number of House Republicans warm to proxy voting MORE (D-Hawaii) and Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDemocrats torn on impeachment trial timing OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: 12 removed from National Guard inauguration security | Austin backs lifting transgender ban Biden Pentagon pick supports lifting transgender military ban MORE (D-N.Y.), who each received a 3 for "mostly accessible."

The review found Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenStudent loan forgiveness would be windfall for dentists, doctors and lawyers OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden's Interior Department temporarily blocks new drilling on public lands | Group of GOP senators seeks to block Biden moves on Paris, Keystone | Judge grants preliminary approval for 0M Flint water crisis settlement Senate approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee MORE (D-Mass.) to have the least accessible page, with a 2 rating. South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigeig (D) and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus The Hill's 12:30 Report: Next steps in the Trump impeachment Sanders selling sweatshirts with his famous inauguration pose for charity MORE (I-Vt.) were just slightly ahead with a 2.11 accessibility rating.

The remaining candidates had a score falling somewhere between 2 and 3. 

Both Trump and Weld fell in the middle of Democrats on the accessibility scale, receiving a 2.67 score.

The report highlights the importance of website accessibility, calling it "this generation's wheelchair ramp."

"We cannot sit back while millions of Americans are shut out of a key part of life. Most of them are voters who want to know more about the candidates and their proposed policies. If they cannot access their platforms and beliefs, they are short-changed when it comes to making an informed voting decision," the report says.