Archive for January, 2006

PLEASE SIGN PETITION: Google Word Verification Accessibility!

Monday, January 30, 2006

Just a reminder to please sign the petition, authored by Darrell Shandrow, of The Blind Access Journal, to encourage Google to create an accessible alternative to CAPTCHA. Screen reading programs for the blind and visually impaired, cannot decipher the graphical text, preventing blind computer users from independently accessing various services. In particular, Google requires graphical word verification for such services as GMail, Blogger, and others. For instance, a blind friend of mine is currently unable to post to his own blog! To remove the spam flag attached to his blog by Google’s software, he would need to, … Yes, can you believe it? … type in the characters in a CAPTCHA graphic!! So, he cannot even directly submit a request to have the spam flag removed! He has written to Google’s tech support yesterday morning, and still has not received a response from them. How long must he wait for access to the blog that he created???

So, show your support, and head on over to: and please sign today! There are already over 2,750 names, of various people who are blind, as well as many sighted friends, colleagues, family members, and other concerned Internet users. So, jump on board, and please add your name to the ever-growing list!

Together, we will help accessibility happen!


Hello world!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Welcome to Tina’s Virtual BackPack. Yup, I’m beginning the new year by creating my own blog! Here you will find various, well, sort-of-related tidbits about my own personal and professional interests, and those of my friends and acquaintances around the net.

Some of these topics include:

  • Assistive technology for blind people, including me
  • Thoughts and information on special education resources and issues
  • Flute or other general music links and info

Who knows what all is in this virtual backpack of mine! If it’s like my real-life one(s), (and *YES* I have several), there could be just about anything in here! I equate it to a sighted person’s car/trunk. Being the pack rat that I am by heredity, I rarely throw anything away, whether it be items or data.

Thanks for visiting and sharing in my adventures and interests along with me, and enjoy the ride as we travel the road of life, with Tina’s Virtual BackPack!