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User1st Statement on the passing of Jim Thatcher

Dec 16, 2019 4:13:00 PM

WASHINGTON, DC – Dec. 16, 2019 – User1st President and CEO Amihai Miron released the following statement on the passing of Jim Thatcher:

“The world lost a great technical genius and an accessibility titan this month with the death of Jim Thatcher.  Since co-creating the first screen reader for IBM in 1984, Jim dedicated his life to ensuring technology access for people with disabilities. His profound influence on the digital world continued as a tireless advocate for accessibility.  User1st owes a debt of gratitude to Jim for his friendship and advice as User1st made its entrance into the world of accessibility. Jim Thatcher will forever be an inspiration and his legacy will endure.” 

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Written by Raegan Bartlo