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Greenwolf103
04-20-2005, 11:52 PM
Hello,

I am looking for at least two deaf and blind people to interview for a newspaper article. This newspaper is for the deaf community and the deaf and blind readership, as well.

My article concerns the feature used on web sites and Web-based E-mail services that request you type in the letters/numbers in a box that has them appearing all warped. They offer an option to visually-impaired people to listen to what letters/numbers are in the box. However, for someone who is deaf AND blind, this option wouldn't go over too well. I contacted one Web-based E-mail service (since my vision isn't all that great to start with!) and they were indifferent about the problem.

What I want to know is: How have you, the deaf and blind person, resolved this problem? Have you complained? If so, what kind of feedback did you receive? What do you think would be a better solution that can be used by E-mail services and Web sites, since they are doing this to guard against spam?

Contact Dawn directly at DMCWriter@mail2desert.com by May 5th with your contact info if you'd like to be interviewed. Thanks!

--Dawn Colclasure

three seven
04-21-2005, 12:15 AM
Ok, it's hard to word this without it sounding flippant or just generally mocking, but I'm curious...

Exactly how does a deaf and blind person use the internet at all?

JenNipps
04-21-2005, 06:22 AM
Ok, it's hard to word this without it sounding flippant or just generally mocking, but I'm curious...

Exactly how does a deaf and blind person use the internet at all?

It's been a while since I've seen it done, so I couldn't really tell you much other than to say that it can be done. (I have a degree in counseling services for the deaf; had to work with some deaf/blind people in my internship.)

mdin
04-21-2005, 08:43 AM
Ok, it's hard to word this without it sounding flippant or just generally mocking, but I'm curious...

Exactly how does a deaf and blind person use the internet at all?

One of my many previous jobs was as a relay operator for the deaf community. We had a few blind folks working there. I suspect someone who is deaf and blind uses the internet much the same way a blind person does.

They use a braille internet access device like this:

http://www.sighted.com/english/elba2003.html or one of the many keyboard add-ons.