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For October 2011:

How to make information more available to blind and partially sighted persons

There used to be a time not too long ago when the traditional ways of providing information to blind and partially sighted persons were through Braille, large print, and on cassette. Luckily for blind and partially sighted persons, this has all changed and now there are other ways for the sighted world to provide information to us.

Gone are the days when we had to depend on bulky books of Braille to obtain information. Gone are the times when we had to carry around a tape recorder and a stack of cassettes in order to interact with information and goodbye are the days when we had to depend on large print texts in order to keep up with information. Let us say hello to the following methods that the sighted world can now use in order to provide us with information.

First, through websites. Information can be provided to us through web content that is accessible and readable. That is, text based content, graphics and icons that are properly tagged with textual equivalents, and links that are meaningfully named and easy to navigate.

Second, through files and documents that are in such formats as: Word, RTF, TXT, HTML, and PDF that has been appropriately tagged. This is all referred to as alternate or alternative format.

Third, files and documents can also be provided in the above formats on any of the following media: On CD, via email (embedded in the email itself or as attachments), or via an MP3 format.

Blind and partially sighted persons can use a regular computer that is equipped with access technology software to read their info. They can either use screenreading technology with voice output or screen magnification software. They can also use book readers that have been developed with special access technology software to read CDs and MP3 files. These machines have been developed with voice output software to help them communicate with menus. In other words, these machines speak when buttons are pressed and a blind person can hear whichever commands and options they choose.

The sighted world has many different ways to get their message across and technology is helping blind and partially sighted persons receive everything they have to say. Is it perfect? Not yet .. but with a little bit of effort you can get your message out to an audience you never knew was listening.

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