The Blind Perspective
Posted by mlfiore on 4/18/2011 at 2:01 PM
One of the characters in a story I am writing is blind. Not being blind myself, I would love to start communicating with someone who is completely blind to ask some questions. I want to write this character well.
As I said, I am completely ignorant to what is like to live blind, and am hoping to find someone patient enough to let me ask some questions.
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Re:The Blind PerspectivePosted by Thrill Monster on 4/18/2011 at 2:18 PM
I am blind, but am not copletely blind. The vision in my left eye is 20/690. My right eye, I can't see anything.
Re:The Blind PerspectivePosted by mlfiore on 4/18/2011 at 2:24 PM
I have a lot of questions about guide dogs, (How common are they? What breed are they usually?"), and writing systems (what methods and how they are used)
Re:The Blind PerspectivePosted by Thrill Monster on 4/18/2011 at 9:51 PM
I don't have any experience with guide dogs. For writing, there is something called a BrailleNote and a lot of blind people use talking computers.
Re:The Blind PerspectivePosted by EmergencyRoomNeuron on 4/22/2011 at 7:55 PM
Hey, before I answer anything in detale, I was curious as to why you're putting a blind charector in your story? I'm completely blind and I have a duide dog. There are many things a blind person can us to write, I'll give you names of things and you could look them up. Humanware makes braillenotes and other assistive devices, Freedom Scientific makes pac-mates and jaws, and APH makes braille lights I think. Labs are the most common breed for guide dogs.
Re:The Blind PerspectivePosted by geminifire_22 on 2/8/2012 at 10:08 AM
i am completely blind have had a couple guide dogs and am training to teach others how to use assistive technology and will answer question as long as i am comfortable with the types of questions you ask. if you still need answers my email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Re: The Blind PerspectivePosted by audiogamer22 on 7/7/2014 at 2:25 AM
Hi. my name is Brad I'm from the UK. I'll answer any blind questions you may have.
Please E-mail me at email@example.com
As for blind people using "talking computers." I don't like calling them that simply cause then people think you have to by a computer that talks, that's not the case.
We, blind people, usually download what is moan as a screen reader, there are quite a few out there.
JAWS, (Job access with speech.) Which is around £900 or $1200.
NVDA, (Non Visual Desktop Access.) Which is free and is the screen reader I choose to use.
Voiceover, (this doesn't stand for anything.) A screen reader built into every mac. On that note, IPhones IPads and basically any Apple product have this screen reader built in.
Thunder, (This doesn't stand for anything.) This is another free screen reader.
Orca, (This doesn't stand for anything either.) A free screen reader that is on linix systems.
Okay so I've mentioned these screen reader thingys, well you're probably wondering, okay Brad, that's my name by the way, what are these... screen readers... Well they are programs that you download to your computer which talk to you. Huh? Talk to you? How do they do that? Well they use synthesized speech. Okay blind people I have to do it. lol. you've herd of Stephen Hawking right, the scientist, well you've herd what he uses to talk right. Well it's kind of like that but we can get a lot of voices and a lot of them sound very very human like. Yes you have to pay for those but they're worth it.
A site to check out would be. www.ivona.com/
As for writing systems, we use a six dot system called Braille.
Find out more here.
I hope that helps and answers some of your questions,
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