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More research fun [Apr. 9th, 2007|01:58 pm]
Addem Blind/VI

[mood |okayokay]

Hey all:

Firstly, I want to thank those of you who commented to and helped me with my survey on Braille. I intend to reply to your comments individually, (maybe), but wanted to send a general thank-you out here.

The long and short of it is that I have had to tweak my research thesis a bit and, of course, wanted your opinions and feedback on it. I'm going to be doing my paper now instead on why Braille and assistive technology should be used in conjunction with one another, and not just use Braille or assistive technology alone. I myself use a combination of Braille and technology such as Kurzweil and Jaws, and find it very beneficial. I don't think I could get by with just using Braille or assistive technology by itself; there are times and reasons for why I use what I do. Since I can't make up a research paper, I was wondering what methods or opinions on this any of you who feel like sharing them might have. What works for you? What doesn't? Are therr certain situations in which you prefer to utilize Braille over assistive technology? Vice versa? I would consider writing another survey, but I'm not sure anyone would want to fill out another one. I actually can use some data from the survey before, so you all didn't just waste your time filling it out, I promise, but there are some other questions more related to my new thesis which I guess I could write up and ask. If people wouldn't mind filling out another survey, let me know. It will be shorter than the last one, I promise.
Thanks for reading.
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(no subject) [Apr. 2nd, 2007|02:04 am]
Addem Blind/VI

Hey all:

I'm going to be writing a research paper on Braille as it relates to the decision whether or not to teach it to young children. Since there computers and screenreading technology is available now, I've noticed one side of the argument is that because of the new technology, it isn't necessary to learn Braille. I would be looking for personal opinions and feedback on this issue, pro or con. I'm interested in both sides of the argument. I'm going to be putting together a small questionnaire in a few days with questions relating to the topic, and I didn't know of perhaps any of you in this community might be willing to fill it out for me or just provide me your input on this issue. If any of you would like to help, feel free to either comment here, via my personal journal page, or via any of the ways listed in my user info. Take care, and thanks for any help in advance.
(This is posted multiple places, including my own journal).
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(no subject) [Jun. 6th, 2006|05:51 am]
Addem Blind/VI
[mood |aggravatedaggravated]

To be honest, I am stumped. 26 years ago I was in an industrial accident that left me blinded. ( to be more accurate, no light perception in the left eye and 20/400 in the right eye with no central vision.) Before then, I was very outgoing and had a ball with many friends. And like many who have been suddenly "placed" in the disabled category, I lost many friends and even some family members because of it. But I never "changed" who I was inside. It took me 10 years to do it but I managed to earn an AS, 2 BS and an MS in Psychology, Business and Spec Ed. And then I went on to Teach for 12 years. And all the time I would occasionally run into someone who would make the odd statement; " You don't "act" like a blind person." This has always stumped me. That is until I make any efforts to either reach out or get involved with others who are blind. (either totally or VI.) For some reason, no matter what I say or do, someone within the "community" gets offended. maybe I am wrong to think that talking to or befriending others like myself might help me or even someone else. But I am always shocked at the coldness and harsh judgemenalism of many within the blind "world". I have "bridged" the gap between sighted and blind many times. Mostly the way I do it is by being open and honest with people. I don't judge them because they may or may not see better than I. I am always willing to talk and share experiences with people. And I never feel as though I have to correct or criticize someone just "because I can". As we all know, there are many out there who are going to "reject" us just because they are either afraid or just don't understand us. But I can not see how some within this community are so fast to reject some that are just trying to say hi or get to know others who are in the same boat. So if you want to send me an email to say hello and get to know me then please do. If you want to criticize or just act like an asshole, then keep it to yourself.
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We all need a laugh [May. 22nd, 2006|04:26 pm]
Addem Blind/VI
[mood |mischievousmischievous]


In Pharmacology, all drugs have two names, a trade name and generic name. For example, the trade name of Tylenol also has a generic name of Acetaminophen. Aleve is also called Naproxen. Amoxil is also call Amoxicillin and Advil is also called Ibuprofen.
The FDA has been looking for a generic name for Viagra. After careful consideration by a team of government experts, it recently announced that it has settled on the generic name of Mycoxafloppin. Also considered were Mycoxafailin, Mydixadrupin, Mydixarizin, Dixafix, and of course, Ibepokin.
Pfizer Corp. announced today that Viagra will soon be available in liquid form, and will be marketed by Pepsi Cola as a power beverage suitable for use as a mixer. It will now be possible for a man to literally pour himself a stiff one. Obviously we can no longer call this a soft drink, and it gives new meaning to the names of "cocktails", "highballs" and just a good
old-fashioned "stiff drink." Pepsi will market the new concoction by the name of: "MOUNT & DO"
Thought for the day: There is more money being spent on breast implants and Viagra today tha n on Alzheimer's research. This means that by 2040, there should be a large elderly population with perky boobs and huge erections and absolutely no recollection of what to do with them.
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(no subject) [Jan. 13th, 2006|08:51 pm]
Addem Blind/VI

[mood |hopefulhopeful]

Hi Guys,
Sorry to bug you all and hope it's okay that i post this. It seems relevant. Please do pass this on if possible.
I have just read and signed the online petition:
"Google Word Verification Accessibility"
hosted on the web by PetitionOnline.com, the free online petition
service, at:
I personally agree with what this petition says, and I think you might
agree, too. If you can spare a moment, please take a look, and consider
signing yourself.
Best wishes,
Caitlin H
XPosted Across LJWorld
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multisensory research study [Nov. 30th, 2005|07:56 pm]
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Hello everyone,

My name is Marina, and I'm a graduate student in Cognitive Neuroscience. We are starting a new study of multisensory integration in populations with different sensory experiences. Please contact us if you are interested (see information below). I apologize if such postings are not welcome in this group. Thank you for your help.

Nathan Kline Institute- Rockland County, NY

Our Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory is looking for people who have been blind or deaf since early childhood to participate in a research study. The study will record non-invasive measurements of brain activity while participants perform a multisensory task.
This is the first study to compare how the brain’s response to touch varies between blind, deaf, and sighted and hearing participants. We will also assess how the brain combines information from the sense of touch with visual and/or auditory information. We believe that early blind and deaf individuals may have developed special abilities to process and respond to these kinds of multisensory combinations. Understanding the way senses are combined in the visually- and hearing-impaired will help to develop more effective rehabilitative therapies and adaptive environments to facilitate daily living.

To complete the multisensory task, small vibration stimulators and LED lights will be placed on the forefinger and thumb of the participants’ hands. Two speakers will also be aligned next to their hands. Participants will be asked to respond to each stimulus by depressing a foot pedal with their right foot. The vibration will feel like vibrations from an everyday pager or cell phone.

Participants will wear a cap, similar to a swim cap, for the duration of the experiment. The cap has holes in it where electrodes are attached. These electrodes will monitor and measure the activity of the brain (also called EEG). EEG is very much like EKG used for heart monitoring; just as a tape recorder records the voice, an EEG records the brain’s activity. This is a non-invasive, pain-free procedure. Gel will be put into the electrodes to make sure there is good contact with the scalp. Participants’ hair will be washed at the end of the recording session. Putting on the cap and going over informed consent will take about 45 minutes.

Participants will be reimbursed $10/hour for their time. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Participants will take regular breaks from the experiment throughout the day. We estimate that this study will take between 6 and 7 hours. Transportation will be provided if necessary.

If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact us:

Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory
Nathan Kline Institute
140 Old Orangeburg Rd.
Orangeburg, NY 10962
Phone: 845-398-6538
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Hello [Oct. 13th, 2005|11:38 am]
Addem Blind/VI

[mood |sillysilly]
[music |TV]

Hi my name is Katie.
I joined here a while ago, but because I'm really lazy, and, because I procrastinate like there's always tomorrow I am just now posting for the first time! LOL
I love music! I've been blind all my life because of ROP! I don't see a darn thing! Not even light!
I can't really think of anything else to say, but if ya want to know anything feel free to ask, and I just may answer! LOL
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Hi Folks [Oct. 5th, 2005|07:11 am]
Addem Blind/VI
Hey people.
This community has been extremely inactive lately so I thought it was high time to get it going again. I edited the interests in the user info and finally created a links list. Caitlin H and Jessica (I don't even think Jess is even in this community but even so) hope you don't mind me putting your sites up there. If anyone would like to advertise their site or someone else's that they really like, feel free. Also, start talking. You can bring up any topic you want and I'm sure we'll get some discussion going. And if you haven't introduced yourself to the rest of us yet, please do. That's the whole point of this community, for us to get to know each other.
So anyway, have a nice day and hopefully we'll get more activity around here soon.
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Perfect Pitch [Jul. 1st, 2005|09:24 am]
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Hi Guys,
I thought maybe you'd be interested in joining this, since lots of blind people have perfect or relative pitch, or know people who do. This isn't a blindie's community, far from it; everyone is welcome. So tell your friends, join yourself, introduce yourself, and have fun, whether you have perfect pitch or not.
Do you wish you had perfect pitch? DO you know someone who does? Do you want to know more about it? Do you ever question what it's like for people who have perfect pitch, people who can pull notes out of thin air? Well, if any of these things apply to you, or you are just feeling like joining, hop on over to
and see what the fun's all about!
Hope to see you there!
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hello all [Jun. 29th, 2005|01:18 am]
Addem Blind/VI

[mood |boredbored]
[music |"Death or Glory"-The Clash]

Hi there. I've been meaning to join this community since, well, since Kerri started it, but I just got around to it now. So here I am with an introduction. My name's Amanda. I'm 17, and will be a Freshman at Emerson College in Boston, MA this fall, majoring in audio/radio. I live in upstate New York. I've been totally blind since I was about ten months old due to retinoblastoma.

I like to read, write, and meet interesting people. I am very opinionated. I absolutely love music. I volunteer at a community radio station, where I'm a graduate of its youth radio project and host my own music show called Tragically Unhip. For more info about the station and my show, go here and visit the "programs" link.

If you'd like to know more about me, check out my user info or feel free to IM me on AIM at TunedToChords.
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