Hi Paula and everyone, The vast majority of all my actions on behalf of the blind community are completely within the public record, so I hope everyone will do their research if they have any concerns about my sincerity or ability to work with others. More information about the petition, including the completely open process by which a letter to Dr. Eric Schmidt is being crafted, is available at http://www.blindaccessjournal.com. As is the case with all human beings, I am not perfect, and neither have been all the actions I have taken. Please, don't simply listen to a small number of my discontented detractors. If you care about what happens to the blind and visually impaired, please, sign the petition right now. I have every confidence we will change Google's mind and they will make their visual verification scheme accessible, but only if we tell them in large enough numbers that this is needed. Many of you will be interested and gratified to know that I am a subscriber and supporter of Bookshare all over the place. Bookshare is all about access to books for the blind, visually impaired and print disabled. I am all about accessibility. It is a perfect match. I sincerely hope all Bookshare staff and volunteers will sign this petition. Let's all show we can make a difference. Go Bookshare! All the best, Darrell > -----Original Message----- > From: Paula and James Muysenberg [mailto:outofsightlife@xxxxxxxxxxx] > Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2006 06:41 PM > To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Ot Fw: A FreedomBox Call to Action > > E, > > Thanks for providing another perspective on this petition. I'm all for > encouraging accessability, but I want to be careful how I go about it. I > also want to know something about the person, or organization, with whom I'm > alligning myself. > > Paula > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "E." <thoth93@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> > To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> > Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2006 1:50 AM > Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Ot Fw: A FreedomBox Call to Action > > > > On the other hand, before you sign, know that the creator of this petition > is > > 1. acting alone > > 2. has a history of writing abrasive (some would go further in the > > description) to companies > > 3. wants to work by himself and not in conjunction with other consumer > > driven organizations (AFB, ACB, NFB) has been sarcastic about them and has > > not (and stubbornly refuses to) release the letter he plans to send to > > goggle with will accompany your petition with your name on it. The idea > > itself is a good one but his attitutde is not one I want to sign on > > to. Just a thought. > > > > E. > > At 06:22 PM 1/16/2006, you wrote: > > > > >ï»¿ > > >I don't usually forward off toppic messages to the list, but this one > > >seems as though it would be of some importance to many people on this > > >list. At first i didn't know what the message was about, but now I > > >know. This is a request to sign the > > ><http://petitiononline.com/captcha/>Google Word Verification > Accessibility > > >petition, which requests google to provide an alternative to the > > >varification method of reading the letters off a graphic and retyping > them > > >to show you are a human. Obviously this isn't required to search using > > >google, but it will be required for other services. Even if you don't > > >intend to use other google services I would encourage you to sign the > > >petition because it sends the message that this practice is unacceptable > > >and should be avoided or an alternative should be provided. If an > > >alternative is provided by most sites it will establish a standard and > put > > >more pressure on future page designers to make their services > > >accessible. It also only takes a minute of your time to sign the > petition. > > > > > >I don't appreciate being designated a non-human just because I can't see > a > > >graphic. :-) > > > > > >Sorry about this message being in HTML, but the links in the forward work > > >better in an HTML message. So if you have a problem let me know. > > > > > >Sarah Van Oosterwijck > > >Assistive Technology Trainer > > > ><http://home.earthlink.net/~netentity>http://home.earthlink.net/~netentity > > > > > >----- Original Message ----- > > >From: <mailto:noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>FreedomBox Announcements > > >To: <mailto:netentity@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>netentity@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > > >Sent: Monday, January 16, 2006 11:43 AM > > >Subject: A FreedomBox Call to Action > > > > > >Dear FreedomBox community member: > > > > > >For years, we've been talking about the power of the FreedomBox Network > to > > >give the blind community a voice. We've dreamed of the difference we > could > > >make with product and service providers if hundreds, thousands, or even a > > >few million of us united to make our needs known. So far, it has been > only > > >a dream. > > > > > >Now, we have a chance to take action! The > > ><http://blindaccessjournal.com/>Blind Access Journal has created the > > ><http://petitiononline.com/captcha/>Google Word Verification > Accessibility > > >petition. The text of this brief petition follows: > > > > > >We, the undersigned, ask Google Inc. to "do no evil" and follow their > > >mission statement to "organize the world's information and make it > > >universally accessible and useful" by promptly adding accessibility to > > >their visual word verification scheme so that the blind and visually > > >impaired are allowed to fully participate in all products and services > > >offered by the company on terms of equality with our sighted peers. > > > > > ><http://new.petitiononline.com/captcha/petition-sign.html>Please sign > this > > >petition now! > > > > > >It will only take you a minute to sign this petition, and you only need > to > > >provide your name and email address. You may even keep your email address > > >private if you wish. It doesn't matter if you're currently a FreedomBox > > >user; it doesn't even matter if you're blind. If you care about the blind > > >community's access to information and services, please sign this > petition! > > >Please also spread the word about this petition as much as you can! > > > > > >Thank you in advance, > > >The FreedomBox team > > > > > > > > >---------- > > >No virus found in this incoming message. > > >Checked by AVG Free Edition. > > >Version: 7.1.375 / Virus Database: 267.14.19/231 - Release Date: > 1/16/2006 > > > > To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to > > bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > > put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list > of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line. > > > > To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to > bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. 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