Well, I'm not sure I put this in the right place--if not, Mods, feel free to do w/it what you will.
This post is really to express my concern regarding the Applevis "hall of fame". To me, apps made specifically for the blind really don't belong here. What I think we need to be doing is rewarding those developers who've gone the extra mile to make apps accessible to us. I'm thinking, just as 2 examples, about Freeq, i.e., Psychic Bunny went from "what the hell is accessibility?" to making the game totally accessible, or Andrew from Clever Clues, who, when IOS 7 broke his messages, had a fix out within hours of being notified. Or 'Zombies! Run!' where the developers applied for & received a grant in order to make their app accessible to us.
Apps developed for the blind should be accessible--that's a given. If not, then the developer doesn't know his/her market. But most developers don't even know we exist, much less stop to think about making their apps accessible. Those that do are the ones who should get rewarded, not the developers who market to the sight-impaired community, sometimes at a highly inflated price tag.
If you think it absolutely necessary that we reward these "separate but equal" apps, then fine--let's make 2 categories or similar. But in my opinion, I don't really see that they deserve it. I think the Hall of Fame should be devoted exclusively to those developers who market & make their apps accessible to everyone. That's the kind of performance, in my opinion, that really stands out.
I'll likely catch you-know-what for this, but, o, well. I just don't see that rewarding developers of applications specifically "designed with the blind in mind" gives incentive to developers of "mainstream" apps to make them usable by everyone. I'm not saying we don't need some apps designed for us--BARD, Learning Ally, etc., are necessary--but accessibility & usability of GPS apps by sight-impaired, for example, should be encouraged as opposed to a completely separate app that caters specifically for the blind. These "separate but equal" apps that wouldn't need to exist if an app for the mainstream market were made accessible to everyone simply serve to reinforce a perceived need for separation, which only raises barriers to our equal participation in the life of the community & world around us.