Medical devices are inaccessible to many blind patients. Can new laws change that?

What’s the last medical device you used? Odds are—whether it was a blood pressure monitor or an insulin pump—it had a screen.

Many of today’s newest medical devices boast sleek designs, often with user-friendly screens. But how user-friendly those screens truly are depends on who you ask. 

In the U.S., blind patients who need to use these kinds of medical devices are often out of luck. Agencies like the FDA don’t currently require manufacturers to make devices accessible to the visually impaired.
But now, accessibility advocates are hopeful about a new bill before the U.S. Congress. If passed, the potential law would mandate the FDA to develop rules regulating higher visual accessibility standards for medical devices.

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