Client Stories

Clear Ballot leverages Perkins’ consulting services and community ties to gauge accessible voting systems

To trial Clear Ballot’s latest electronic kiosk voting systems, Perkins hosted a mock election on its Watertown campus. Over the course of four days, the organization leveraged its deep ties to the blindness and broader disability community to test the system with 44 users, both with and without disabilities. Working in accordance with mandated Common Industry Format (CIF) voter machine testing protocols, Perkins also provided the testing facility itself, directions for using the machines, and recruited and trained more than 24 poll workers to conduct question and answer sessions with users to gain a better understanding of the challenges they faced during the mock election...

Students with Visual Impairment can take Online Courses at Harvard

"Harvard’s Division of Continuing Education is committed to being a leader in expanding access to all learners, and we have been very pleased to work with Perkins School for the Blind on this effort. The Perkins Access team has helped us understand the challenges facing a wide range of users and translated that into very workable recommendations to improve accessibility of our online learning content. Our collaboration with Perkins has brought an important set of perspectives and expertise to bear on developing our courses, which we know will have benefits for all of our learners and create a truly accessible academic community."
-Robert Neugeboren, Chief Accessibility Officer
Harvard University

Removing barriers to Edmentum’s online learning tools

When Edmentum approached Perkins Access, Perkins Solutions’ digital accessibility consulting service, to evaluate the accessibility of its products for students with visual impairments, it had already identified some challenges. Edmentum, one of the country’s leading online learning providers, had previously enlisted a student with visual impairments to find barriers to accessibility. That student walked the Edmentum team through many roadblocks in the company’s courseware – places where text and images weren’t visible or easily navigated using a screen reader. “[The review] was super...

Opening University of Notre Dame Admissions Portal to Students who are Blind

Erik Runyon had been trying to figure out how to make the University of Notre Dame’s website more accessible for years. So when a trusted colleague recommended Perkins Access digital accessibility consulting service, he was ready. “We had our assumptions, but we really wanted to put them to the test,” Runyon said. “Until someone actually uses your sites with a device like a screen reader you don’t know for certain.” As the university’s technical director for marketing communications, Runyon even tried to hire a student with...

Making USDA's food safety app accessible to everyone

The USDA’s FoodKeeper app took off like a rocket when it launched last spring, helping consumers avoid wasting food through storage advice and reminders. With 50,000 downloads in the first five weeks, Director of the Food Safety and Inspection Service Christopher Bernstein said, “We met our goal months early.” So when the team from Perkins Access, the digital accessibility service from Perkins Solutions, offered to review FoodKeeper for accessibility, Bernstein was excited to make the smartphone app even better...

IT staff at UNC Walks Away with a Better Understanding of Accessibility Requirements

"Being an inclusive university means including people with disabilities, as well as people of different races and ethnicities. We expected people who attended training to be not just better informed, but really more aware of the impact of accessibility. As a result of the Perkins Access training, accessibility has become part of our everyday conversations about our digital assets."
- Kim Vassiliadis, Digital Solutions Manager
UNC - Chapel Hill