I understand that tendancy--but most times when sighted folks told me I couldn't do something I spent hours, days, weeks or even months to learn how just to prove them wrong, and that has served to be one of the most instrumental and driving forces of my life. I remember my friend telling me I couldn't possibly use the music constructor set for the old C64--and I worked on it for two weeks, taking hardly a wink, and at the end of that time, having realized that I would never remember even a tenth of where things were located or how to work the program, I wrote a manual for it. I was eleven. The point isn't for me to gloat--that would be more than pointless. The point is--well, I just wish I could impart that to the blind community as a whole. I know a man named Ken Wild who lives here in Norwalk. He is totally blind, and to me he seems insane--he goes everywhere without a guide dog, without a cane. I don't know how he does it without falling, but he does. Furthermore, he is an engineer at a radio station, and even climbs the antenna towers and fixes everything. I wish I could have known him when I was a child. I would have gotten into that business myself, but that time--that one regretable time in my life, the sighted folks misled and defeated me. I actually believed that there was no way a blind man could get into radio.
So keep your chins up yall, and prove those critics wrong!
Okay, I know what some are thinking now--what, is he saying I could use the mouse in Word? No, of course not, (prove me wrong if you think you can,) but know your limits, test them often! (Come to think of it, if you use that four blind mice program you probably could use the mouse in Word.) See, it pays to test everything!
SMILE!

Ken

----- Original Message ----- From: "Thomas Ward" <thomasward1...@gmail.com>
To: "Gamers Discussion list" <gamers@audyssey.org>
Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2009 10:47 AM
Subject: Re: [Audyssey] Would you pay $50 for a killer controller?


Hi Ken,

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I don't understand why the blind haven't caught on yet--holdouts from using the mouse who
still think the keyboard is all that, I guess.
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It is probably explainable by human nature. We all have a tendancy to stick with the things we know, that are familiar to us, rather than venturing out looking for new things we might not understand or too afraid to try on our own. Sometimes it is a matter of being taught to do things a certain way, raised to think in a certain way, live a certain way, or whatever. Point is we build up habits over our lifetime that are hhard to break. Often times we continue avoiding something even if it is illogical to do so just because of some preconception we got from somewhere along the way. When it comes to blind gamers and the mouse it is pretty obvious where the hesitation comes from. When a blind user starts using a computer he/she is told that they can not use the mouse, it is too difficult to use without sight, whatever. For this reason I know of some blind users that took the mouse off their computer and stashed it in a drawer somewhere to be forgotten. It is to them a rather pointless and useless device. Well, developers like Che come along, out of the wild blue yonder, saying look at this cool game. It supports the mouse. I well remember the initial reaction to that news that boiled down to, "I am blind and I can't use the mouse." They had never been taught that the way the mouse works in games is completely different from the way it works in Word, Excel, Windows Media Player, whatever. They had years of the "I can't use the mouse" thinking to relearn and update to "it can be used in games." The same question could be asked why aren't more blind computer users switching to Mac or Linux where the screen reader is included with the OS? Where the OS can be installed with speech? Simple, they are use to Windows, set in their ways, and are probably comfortable with the current status of things. The why try something else if I like what I have mentality. It is similar to that why fix it if it ain't broke mentality. Some people can't roll with the change. To guys like you and I who try something new that kind of thinking seams too narrow, too sheltered, too set in their ways. As they say different strokes for different folks, and we can't force the mouse, Linux, or any other new concept on people. They have to want that something else for themselves before they take that first step into a larger world.
Smile.


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