THE SOCIETY OF VISUALLY IMPAIRED AND BLIND FARSI-SPEAKING IMMIGRANTS
To Whom It May Concern:
Farsi, or Persian as it is known in the West. is spoken by over one hundred and thirty million people in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and the diaspora as their ethnic language. For this reason, I am signing this petition in support of the Campaign for Farsi VoiceOver to be added to the list of VoiceOvers of the Apple’s Operating Systems (Apple’s OS’s), because I believe the visually impaired and blind people of this language should have equal access to the Apple devices as VoiceOver users of other languages have.
To facilitate user-friendliness of the Apple devices for individuals with disabilities including people with visual impairment and blindness, Siri is doing a phenomenal job in recognizing verbal commands and converting them to either a written text or executable commands on the Apple’s devices. What is extremely exasperating and disappointing is that these kinds of wonderful ease of access are unavailable to visually impaired or blind people whose native language is Farsi.
It is established worldwide that Apple Corporation has always been the frontrunner in accommodating technology users with disabilities. For that reason, we propose the following recommendations:
- 1. Please either add Farsi VoiceOver to the list of existing VoiceOvers of The Apple’s OS’s as another screen reader or let the Apple’s OS’s use third-party Text-To-Speech Engine in this language. This way, we may rapidly see either free or commercial Farsi voiceover applications on the App Store.
- 2. Another recommendation that has been suggested by folks with visual impairment and blindness is the capability of a dictionary for VoiceOver in which people may correct mispronounced names and vocabularies of other languages by spelling phonetically and save them in that dictionary.
In order to promote the above-mentioned recommendations, we will encourage people to sign this petition to be emailed to Accessibility Team of Apple Corporation if they too believe in this worthy cause.
Looking forward to witnessing the progression of advancement in the Apples Operating Systems which will undoubtedly have a profound impact on lives of billians of people with and without disabilities throughout the world.
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