Answers to Trivia – GAAD 2020

1. Helen Keller could identify a person’s traits by the vibrations of their footsteps.

The answer is: True. Source: “The World I Live In” By Helen Keller.

“Footsteps, I discover, vary tactually according to the age, the sex, and the manners of the walker. It is impossible to mistake a child’s patter for the tread of a grown person. The step of the young man, strong and free, differs from the heavy, sedate tread of…”

Read the complete book passage


2. Because of COVID-19, which common courtesy practice is most important to follow when interacting with your co-workers who are visually impaired?

The answer is: Greet, or verbally acknowledge the person to let them know you are around.

More than ever, we need to be aware of people around us to be able to keep social distance. A simple “Hello”, “Hey!”, or “Good morning” will make our visually impaired co-workers aware that someone is around so we can all keep the necessary distance to stay safe.

Learn other useful considerations in our Accessibility Hub


3. Where curb cuts were first introduced in the United States?

The answer is: In 1945 in Battle Creek, Kalamazoo County. Source: AUTHOR:J. GABRIEL WARE.

“…And although Berkeley, California, is usually recognized as the first city to have installed curb cuts (which it did in the 1970s), a recent investigation by Potts shows Battle Creek and Kalamazoo actually beat Berkeley by about 30 years.”

Rread the complete article “Creating Curb Cuts”


4. Which is not screen reading software?

The answer is: Read Me.

ASAP was a screen reader for the DOS operating system in the 90’s. NVDA is a screen reader for Windows. VoiceOver is the built-in screen reader in Apple/IOS products, and TalkBack is an Android screen reader.

Read more about current, unfinished and discontinued screen readers


5. When is it most acceptable to pet a guide dog?

The answer is: After asking the owner.

The most respectful way to find out if you may pet a guide dog is to ask the owner. The owner may say no, and that is perfectly all right. However, in many instances when the guide dog is not actively working, the answer may be a yes!

Check out this video “The Puppy to Guide Dog Journey”


6. In what year did Congress Pass the Act to Promote the Education of the Blind?

The answer is: 1879.

The Federal Act to Promote the Education of the Blind was enacted by Congress in 1879. It provides adapted educational materials to eligible students who meet the definition of blindness.

Head to our site to read more about The Act


7. Why is it important to include alt text in documents that have photos and graphics?

The answer is: All of the above.

A screen reader can read text with synthesized speech, but it cannot read a picture or describe it. Alt Text (or alternative text) helps people who can’t see the screen understand what’s important in images and other visuals. Alt Text allows the person creating a document to place a text label or description on a picture with the click of a mouse.

Learn how to easily add Alt Text


8. The currently used system for braille is called UEB. What does UEB stand for?

The answer is: Unified English Braille.

Unified English Braille was developed by the International Council on English Braille to unify the braille codes used among english-speaking countries and to unify the braille symbols used in literary, mathematics and computing contexts.

Learn more about UEB and the many countries that use it


9. A website designed with Universal Design principles such as logical headings and keyboard navigation benefits:

The answer is: All of the above.

A website that is designed with headings, well-organized content and keyboard navigation will benefit individuals using screen readers and those with learning disabilities.  It will also be easier to follow and more visually-appealing for everyone, including people using mobile devices.

Read “What is the difference between accessible, usable, and universal design?”


10. Which of these laws do not apply to airfare booking?

The answer is: None of the above.

As laws evolve, and more people turn to electronic media to conduct basic every day tasks, laws continue to update their language. For instance, On November 12, 2013 the DoT issued new rules requiring U.S. and foreign air carriers operating flights to or selling tickets to the U.S. public ensure that the public-facing content of websites that they own or control conforms to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level A and Level AA. The new rules required that core functionality of a carrier’s website be compliant by December 12, 2015, and the full website by December 12, 2016.

Learn more at  “A Guide to Disability Rights Laws”