[AI] Fw: [SayEverything] Products for the Blind are too Expensive

Gaurav sharma gauravsharmamnd at gmail.com
Thu Jun 3 23:23:23 EDT 2010


Hi friend, u r saying right i m agree with u. With regards gaurav.

On 6/3/10, m.chandrashekar <chandru342 at gmail.com> wrote:
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> From: Trepan Singh
> To: sayeverything at yahoogroups.co.in ; blindcity at yahoogroups.co.in
> Sent: Wednesday, June 02, 2010 9:19 AM
> Subject: [SayEverything] Products for the Blind are too Expensive
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> Products for the Blind are too Expensive
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> Most of us who are blind want to live our own lives. Part of that
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> process is to manage our own homes, take care of ourselves, and do all
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> that is necessary to be as independent as the sighted. The problem
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> that we face is twofold. First of all, many of us who want to be
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> independent have difficulty finding jobs because of our blindness,
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> meaning that we have to remain on a fixed income. As a result of this
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> fixed income, many of us can't afford to be as independent as we'd
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> like to be, because it costs a lot of money to adapt our lives.
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> If you compare products that sighted people use with those adapted
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> for a blind person, you will find that, in almost every case, the
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> blind person's item costs a lot more than a comparable item for the
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> sighted. You might say, "Well, you have to think of the adaptations."
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> I look at this issue in terms of what goes into a product. Take your
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> average calculator, as an example. I'm sure that a lot goes into a
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> calculator that does scientific
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> notation, square roots, exponents, etc., yet a sighted person is able
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> to buy such a calculator for $5. A talking calculator with fewer
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> features than the one I just described would cost a blind person $15.
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> Let's put this into perspective. If you replace software that
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> generates scientific notation and square roots with software that
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> talks, are you increasing the total value of the calculator by ten
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> dollars? It would seem to me that the original software that does all
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> those calculations would cost more than the software which makes a
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> calculator talk. Yet the blind have to spend more money on a
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> calculator which does less than what a sighted person spends on a
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> calculator that does more.
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> Then we have the Braille watch. When you make a Braille watch, all
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> you are really doing is taking the cover off of a regular watch,
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> putting dots on the dial, inserting a pointer, and replacing the cover
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> with one that has a hinge so we can open the watch. I can understand
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> why a Braille watch would cost more than a regular one, but four times
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> more?
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> Let's talk about the talking measuring tape. After all, in order for
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> a blind person to be independent, he may want to measure things in his
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> apartment like everyone else. A sighted person can go to a local
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> discount store and buy a measuring tape for two dollars. Well, I
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> bought a talking measuring tape because I felt it was necessary. It is
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> slightly larger, and looks like a transistor radio. It talks, and
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> converts from the American system to the Metric system. I spent a
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> total of $84 for this device. Now, let's prove the point further by
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> comparing the talking measuring tape to a sighted person's calculator.
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> Do you mean to tell me that the software which makes a measuring tape
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> talk is more complex than the software which makes a sighted person's
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> calculator do scientific notation and square roots? I sincerely doubt
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> it.
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> Allow me to give a more ridiculous example. The average old fashioned
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> Braille machine has no software in it. It's a mechanical device with
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> gears inside, similar to those of a regular typewriter. I am assuming
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> that an old fashioned manual typewriter has more complex machinery
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> than the average Braille machine, for obvious reasons. If manual
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> typewriters were still on the market, how much do you think they would
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> cost? I guess they would be no more than $100. Yet, this relatively
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> simple Braille machine is currently valued at over seven hundred
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> dollars. How did someone reach the conclusion that a brailler needs to
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> be valued this high? What exactly is in that brailler to justify its
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> cost, especially when you compare it to comparable items for the
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> sighted with more features?
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> Last, but certainly not least, allow me to be even more ridiculous
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> when I talk about computer software. There is a product on the market
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> called Dragon Naturally Speaking, which types what you say into a
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> microphone. Dragon Naturally Speaking is common. It is advertised all
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> the time, and it is used by anyone. Jaws, which is a speech software
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> that allows a blind person to hear what's on the computer screen, is
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> similar to Dragon Naturally Speaking, if you think about it. One
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> program sees what is written, while
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> the other program hears what's being said. I am taking an educated
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> guess that you can buy Dragon for under a hundred dollars, but yet a
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> blind person has to spend eleven hundred dollars to adapt his computer
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> with Jaws. I don't think that Jaws is eleven times more complicated
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> than Dragon, do you?
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> The problem here is supply and demand, and as a former student of
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> economics, I fully understand the concept. However, if a company that
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> sells adaptive products for the blind really thinks about its target
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> market, it needs to understand that many people in the blind
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> population can't afford these prices, and perhaps if the companies
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> lower their prices, they will gain more customers. How do these
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> companies, as well as agencies who provide services to the blind,
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> expect the blind to pay these high prices in order to lead independent
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> lives? If I have to buy new speech software today, but can't afford
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> it, do I have to go without a computer? In my case, I would have to
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> shut down my business. Is this fair?
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> I don't know how we can solve the issue of products for the blind
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> costing more than those for the sighted, but I am hoping that
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> companies and agencies realize that it makes life a lot more difficult
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> for us, especially when most of us are not in the work force. If these
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> products are more affordable, we can buy them a lot easier and use
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> them to help us get a job and make more money. Doesn't that help the
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> economy?
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