Resolution 2012-01

Concerning Touch Screen Vending Machine and FreeStyle Drink Fountains   

Concerning Touch Screen Vending Machine and FreeStyle Drink Fountains

WHEREAS, touch screen drink machines are marketed throughout the State of Florida and the County in fast food restaurants and local malls which gives the sighted costumers over 100 drink choices, and

WHEREAS, blind people depend on the placement of the individual fountain dispenser or on auditory feedback to make the correct choices, independently; and

WHEREAS, the machines have accessibility for people in wheelchairs by having a button which allows the touch screen be controlled by arrows but the accessibility to the blind and visually impaired was not addressed, and

WHEREAS, action much be taken so that all people have the opportunity to make their own drink choices without having to depend upon sighted assistance: Now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the National Federation of the Blind of Florida in Convention assembled this twenty-eighth day of May, 2012, in the City of Boca Raton, Florida, that this organization declare that the only solution to the touch screen technology that these drink vending machines and touch screen soda fountains utilize be made accessible to the blind through audible means; and

BE IT RESOLVED that this organization raises the issue with Coca Cola, to make their products accessible to all consumers.