Internet Radio For the Blind?

Recently a small-sized survey was given to the patrons at the Braille Institute on Vermont Ave. in Los Angeles, with its limitations due to the reduced number of participants and the median age of the survey takers. Furthermore, also limited was the geographical and demographical data of the persons from which the survey was obtained.

The results seemed to indicate that those persons with vision impairment who benefit the most from Internet radio were the younger, computer literate, more financially stable or less dependent on limited sized or fixed incomes.

Would you agree with these findings, perhaps and why?

The reason this seemed to be the case from the answers given to the survey was the lack of interest in Internet radio by those who were otherwise computer illiterate perhaps due to their seniority or maybe the equipment simply was not available for them.

Maybe survey takers might have expressed that they had no interest in learning such new applications as were used to access Internet radio, but wanted to cooperate anyway in showing interest in the topic in general for a promise that maybe things will change for the better in the future…

 Another issue was that even if they finally got to it, the Internet radio features are not user-friendly towards persons with vision impairments except for some specific Web sites designed especially for persons with vision impairment, such as http://acbradio.org/pweb/ connecting the blind community with ACB Internet radio.

What are your thoughts on this issue? Is this a niche market that is neglected and can offer both the community with vision impairments and the potential advertiser who wishes to market products to a commercial Internet radio station some additional benefits?

Any other points you think might be of interest about this topic?

Many thanks for your comments!




4 Responses to “Internet Radio For the Blind?”

  1. 1 dawilliams
    04/03/2010 at 5:34 pm

    I don’t know why some of the computer giants like Packard Bell and Microsoft can’t come up with a division of products that cater strictly to those with different handicaps. After all Bill Gates is supposed to have designed his computers so that if a person with a handicap could use them anyone could. Some computers already have features like braille keyboards and audio programs to help those who are visually impaired. It should be no big deal to come out with a specific line of customized computer software and hardware to enable the handicapped. What’s the big deal? Being phyisically or mentally challenged should not be a big deal in the 21 century! Moving forward!


    Please add a spell and grammar check! Thank you!

  2. 04/03/2010 at 5:54 pm

    In my survey we allowed respondents to use such customized software but there were still difficulties depending on the Internet radio station being clicked on, you see, the problem is in the program that is part of the Internet radio Web site not the machinery or application used to view it…

    By the way, good point about checking of accuracy and avoid typos…Some email providers have built-in spell checkers, you are right that this is possible to do, meanwhile being creative and using other applications that have it, might work…

    Here is what I suggest regarding the spell checker: Perhaps you might like to consider writing out your comment first in Word? This way it would be quite easy for you to then spell check it quickly before copying and pasting it to the reply area! What do you think of that idea, takes up too much time?

  3. 3 mark1point0
    04/03/2010 at 9:53 pm

    Interesting post, and replies. I guess two terms are useful in attempting opine; elasticity and speculation. There is a bit of irony in science progress figuring out that the human brain to be dynamically more elastic than previous studies indicated — much more elastic in fact. The irony is that, not only can ‘old dogs learn new tricks,’ traumatic injuries reconfiguring, etc.; one would think that this increase in understanding human limitation adaptation, and as much SHOULD lay easier the approach for disability “products” innovation, but these advances in the understanding, specific the pace of this innovations, can actually HAMPER product development — care of speculation. Of a number of instances that I have read in press release from technology companies ‘discussing’ whatever new do-dad, I can just about hear the pitch of ‘rising to the call of social responsibility’ as a press playing card, only to amount a slight of hand downplay, vague retraction ‘it really is a niche market.’ The argument being, well by the time we bring it to market, understanding of the problem changed. As I see it, it is like specialty foods trying to come up with big farming..a lot of government ‘sheparding’ made it possible via the redrawn Farm Bill.

    Along those lines, if the return of these radio interests, realized as consumer demand determined, or another way, as in the person or entity writing the check realizes the benefit ..tools are produced. I don’t want to leave the impression that government fixes social problems while private business sits on its hands — quite the contrary. But, a weird alliance, a mix with good will and opportunity, begets advancements. If that isn’t in place the shell-game of profit, rules. My guess anyway.

  4. 16/03/2010 at 3:45 am

    Nice post. Thanks for your valuable post. This is really informative.

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