Jeopardy! Makes Online Test Accessible to the Blind
National Federation of the Blind Commends Producers of Beloved Gameshow
Baltimore, Maryland (October 12, 2020): The National Federation of the Blind, America’s civil rights organization of the blind, today commended Jeopardy Productions and Sony Pictures Television for making the online test for the beloved gameshow Jeopardy! fully accessible to blind people who use screen reader technology to access websites and digital information. The modifications to the online test were implemented as a result of negotiations among the producers, the National Federation of the Blind, and a blind man who sought to be a contestant but was unable to successfully take the online test because it was not compatible with his screen reader technology.
“Blind people love Jeopardy! as much as our sighted friends, in part because vision is not a requirement to play the game,” said Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind. “Every day many of us play along at home or using our smart speakers, and a blind contestant has even succeeded on the show itself. We therefore commend the producers of Jeopardy! for quickly working with us to make the online test fully accessible so that potential blind contestants can compete on equal terms for a chance to play this beloved game on TV.”