On January 30th, representatives from Monster.com, the National Federation of the Blind, the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, and the Massachusetts Attorney General gave a press conference announcing that Monster.com has partnered with the NFB to become the first company in the job search industry to provide fully accessible content.
Monster Worldwide CIO, Mark Conway stated:
"Over the past year the team at Monster has been working closely with teams from the National Federation for the Blind and the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office to enhance the Monster.com website in a way that would provide more opportunities for blind seekers to find jobs. Although portions of our site were already accessible, we all agreed we could do more. The importance of these enhancements cannot be understated and we are very pleased to be the first in the industry to work with the National Federation for the Blind on this important and exciting opportunity that impacts so many in Massachusetts and across the country."
According to the NFB, Monster will also contribute $50,000 toward funding the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind's (MCB) job internship program. Monster will also make a $50,000 contribution to the NFB and serve as the title sponsor of this summer's NFB convention in Orlando Florida.
The agreement is the most recent result of collaboration between Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley and the NFB and applies not only to Monster's web content but extends to its mobile applications as well, marking the second major accessibility settlement within the past year that has included mobile applications as an accessibility requirement. Past collaborations between AG Coakley's office and the NFB have included making Apple's iTunes services and Cardtronics ATMs fully and equally accessible to the blind.
For more information, you can listen to or read the transcript of the entire press conference on Attorney General Martha Coakley's website or read the NFB press release: "Monster.com First in Industry to Make Website Accessible for Blind Users".