How Blind People Use Computers

This website is about how blind people use computers, as well as teaching them how to do so. But this is not current state-of-the-art technology anymore. Rather, this is documenting a technology from the past. People still search for technologies to help the blind, sometimes they wonder, “What is Vinus Virtual?” I want to make sure that question gets answered, even though Vinux Virtual is not available anymore.

Visual challenge is very common, far more common than you think, because it isn’t something that you observe like a limp. Despite the handicap of poor or zero vision, people have to be able to carry out their normal functions somehow. Being visually challenged can’t mean giving up. The phrase “Visually Challenged” is probably out-of-date by now too. Is “Visually Impaired” any better?

Blindness is usually acquired, but sometimes congenital. It can be complete or partial. It can be loss of central vision, loss of peripheral vision, loss of medial or lateral vision. However, despite a person being visually challenged doesn’t mean that one can’t carry on with normal human activities or participate in hobbies, life long learning, adapting to changing times.

Billy Billy
This should be interesting.


Levi Levi
Hopefully. Software for hearing what the computer screen is showing.



 
 

virtual-vinux

Most people love their computers, and most people need them, at work, and at home.

vinux

True to these words, a visually challenged computer enthusiast created this computer program called Virtual Vinux to ease the efforts and strain that the visually challenged face when using PCs.
 

Tyler Tyler
This is a little concerning. I heard there was supposed to be some beautifully subtle color changes on the background of this site, but I don’t see them. Am I color blind, or maybe it isn’t working.

Hector Hector
I don’t see it either.


Betty Betty
You could be color blind.



 
 

There is some information about the producer of this technological application that I found on the internet and you need to have a look at it.

Hector Hector
A quote from Mobeen, the original creator of vinux virtual.



 
 

How was the Virtual edition born and who is its creator?

“Well, I guess the best way to answer those questions is in reverse order.  Firstly, who am I? 

My name is Mobeen.  I’ve been blind almost from birth. I am a technician dealing in hardware, electronics, networking, communications and software testing as well as training VI people how to use computers – I’ve been doing this for over 6 years now! My involvement with Vinux stemmed from when I was working with Tony Sales in the Research and Development Department every Wednesday while I attended the college in which he now teaches.

He had been talking about building a version of Linux and I told him I’d be interested in testing it. I’d been using Ubuntu with Wubi up until then, but then Tony made Vinux – a breath of fresh air. It worked, it was simple, and it was worth getting to know. I’ve always been a point and clicker so I like things that just well, work.

The only thing that didn’t work was Wubi, so that’s why I made the Virtual edition. The first Virtual Edition was 1.3 and we’ve never looked back. It gives people a chance to try Vinux to the full, then hopefully switch from Microsoft completely…”

Betty Betty
Interesting! It was for a version of Linux, called Vinux.


David David
So many different versions of Linux.


Betty Betty
I’m not a fan of Microsoft windows, but Linux makes me nervous.



 
 

Below, is further reading on visually challenged software solutions, at least from the perspective of historical appreciation of what this was good at.

And now, a word from this site’s new sponsor, Dr. Halls.

Many years ago, on early Macintosh computers, I wrote some software called the “Talking Moose“. It had hooks into just about every system function, and into all the popular applications back then, and it could do text to speech screen reading. It wasn’t dedicated to helping visually impaired people, although some used it for that. A different handicap, after strokes, some people have loss of ability to speak, but they could type what they wanted to say, and my Moose could speak it for them. Well anyway, A new talking moose software is under development, and although it is highly visual, having a 3D visible moose character, it will again have the hooks in place, to read from webpages, from pdf and word documents, email and so on, and it will be able to fetch information from other places, and speak it. So in a sense, it does exactly what modern software does, and even if you are blind and can’t see the moose, it will be helpful anyway, or so I hope and intend.

Dr. Halls