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Submission + - Linux for blind users (distrowatch.com) 1

Dog's_Breakfast writes: This week's edition of DistroWatch Weekly News features a unique story entitled "Linux Accessibility — What is it and Why Does It Matter?" The article was written by Robert Cole, a blind person with a computer science degree. Mr Cole points out that Linux offers an excellent set of free tools for seeing-impaired users. Putting together a similar set of tools on Windows would cost at least US$600, about double what a retail copy of Windows itself costs.
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Linux for blind users

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  • From the article:

    That's tough if you are a student or if you need your computer for work related activities. Believe me, I've been there.

    I think that's part of the problem: employers are willing to pay inflated prices for assistive tech in order to deter disability discrimination lawsuits.

    When you boot up an Ubuntu live CD or USB drive, press CTRL+S when you hear a drum sound.

    But how does a blind user know that the CD is inserted the right way up in the first place?

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