Twenty Percent

While I was doing my homework for LBSC 622, I ran across a statistic that made me pause. The statistic came from “What Frustrates Screen Reader Users on the Web: A Study of 100 Blind Users” which was written in 2007. Anyway, so in the article they discussed how to properly document frustration when attempting to use the computer with JAWS, Window-Eyes, or another screen reader. Braille forms were ruled out because Braille literacy rates are at 20% (and Braille printers are expensive and not easily available). I was shocked by how low the statistic was given that U.S. Literacy rates are somewhere in the 80% range.

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The only thing that popped in my mind as a cause for such low numbers was that people who weren’t born blind, that developed it after 18 – wouldn’t have been taught braille in school. I checked with the  National Federation of the Blind to see the actual reasons.

5 thoughts on “Twenty Percent

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  2. My mom is legally blind and chose not to learn Braille–she became legally blind at the age of 26 or 27. She used low vision tools like screen enlargers when she went back to school. I’ll bet you’re right about the age making a difference.

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  4. One thing I have noticed with libraries that do have these devices available are either there isn’t a technician or any other type of helper around, or the devices are in need of servicing/out of order.

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