I want to make a proposal for an accessibility report-a-bug-Friday tradition, in order to try and bring greater emphasis to accessibility-related problems we seem to be dealing with on a regular basis, particularly for OS X Yosemite, though of course iOS as well.
The idea is very simple. Every Friday, we each take one grievance that we experience with the accessibility of an Apple product, and report it to Apple. The feedback should be polite, constructive, thorough and, wherever possible, reproducible. Registered Developers do it using Apple's bug tracker, where others do it using the feedback forms. Optionally, talk about it on this or other forums or mailing lists, in order to establish the nature and severity of the problem with others.
This idea is not new; it has been done before in the context of Mac OS X on a mainstream basis. However, we would make the message that accessibility is important clearer by concentrating all our efforts on it, and doing so on Fridays. Apple's quality issues are of course being felt across the board, and we can't expect an overnight result, but we would at least make it clear that we are experiencing real problems, that they exist, and that they are faults with Apple's products that should be fixed. Only then can we hope to make the objective case for defection, should that ever prove necessary.
What do you think?
And please, if your response to this is simply to deny that there are problems, or to say that the problem with blind people is that they complain too much (an absurd and inaccurate generalisation), I'd really much rather you started another thread or contribute to the many existing ones. I want those people who are up for the idea to signify their ascent so we can really do this, responsibly and with resolution. Of course, if you want to be critical of the idea, please go ahead; I'm simply not interested in all the self-serving denials. We are all here to get the best access we can to Apple products and to be as equal with others as can be hoped for.