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Freedom Scientific Acquires Blind Access Journal

April 1, 2011 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

In a move that is sure to surprise the blindness assistive technology industry, Freedom Scientific has just announced that it has purchased the popular accessibility evangelism website for $100,000 from its publisher, Darrell Shandrow.

Freedom Scientific representatives said this move puts the company on a par with other assistive technology companies like Serotek that also have recognized media outlets in the blind community.

“We’re excited to have Blind Access Journal on board with us,” said Jonathan Mosen, Freedom Scientific’s vice president of hardware development. “We know Darrell will put his passion for accessibility evangelism into his new role as our director of public relations, where he will be an excellent advocate for the use of our products as a means to make accessibility happen.”

“It was a very hard sell! After intensive negotiations concerning the content that will be permitted on the site, I must say I am honored to become part of the company in the industry with the largest screen-reader market share,” said the journal’s publisher, Darrell Shandrow. “I know that only JAWS can truly provide the level of accessibility we as blind people need now and well into the future.”

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9 opinions on “Freedom Scientific Acquires Blind Access Journal

  1. I’m not too sure what happened here, and I’m not too happy to see $200,000 go into purchasing a blog, but this will _certainly be a move that gives FS the edge in internet marketing. There’s nobody else out there that has his name as recognized in the blindness blogosphere than Darrell. And I guess if someone would’ve offered me that much money for a site and a job, I’d probably take it too … And Freedom Scientific _is the larges and most widely known screen reading solution out there, and they are doing better than their closest competitor will be able to get for a while. Waiting to see what kind of content is going to be released using this medium now …

  2. Wow! That was a great one! LOL! Maybe a disclaimer’s in order, so they won’t come after the Journal with a lawsuit, spending their hard-earned money people pay on SMA’s that are supposedly for software development? Or, hey, perfect solution, we could disguise it in the form of a bug report that goes all the way back to version 9, and that way, they probably won’t care, LOL.

  3. Wow, this is a good one! Just be careful that they don’t use hard-earned money from those of us who pay for SMA’s, for a lawsuit over use of their name, as opposed to actually improving the product in meaningful ways. Or, you could disguise the post as a bug report for an issue that’s been going on since version 9, and then they probably wouldn’t look at it, either that, or they wouldn’t care.

  4. wow! hilarious! just imagine: what if FS did buy this blog? I don’t think I’d ever read it again!

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