[Air-L] Second Life and Accessibility

Sue Cranmer sue at jcranmer.freeserve.co.uk
Thu Apr 3 13:34:50 PDT 2008


Hi Kimberley

Thanks for responding. I have heard that some universities in the US are
using SL by providing students with visual disabilities with assistants to
support them (though of course there are issues with this in terms of
autonomy, empowerment etc) and so it's interesting to hear your University
have ruled it out this far. Thanks again for replying.

Regards, 
Sue

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Sue,

My school (CSU Stanislaus) has been experimenting with Second Life, but I
recently learned that it's not going to pursue developing anything
substantial much right now precisely because there is no good way to support
visually disabled users and so we could never require students to use it; it
would always have to be an optional add-on.  --Requiring something that is
inaccessible to any group of students is of course right out.

Best,

Kim
English Dept.
CSU Stanislaus

On Thu, Apr 3, 2008 at 12:19 PM, Sue Cranmer <sue at jcranmer.freeserve.co.uk>
wrote:

> Hello
>
> I'm writing to ask how members of the list are supporting students 
> with disabilities when using online social worlds such as second life.  
> Whilst there is a growing awareness that certain groups of disabled 
> users enjoy aspects of participating in online worlds which they are 
> unable to carry out in the so-called real world, such as wheelchair 
> users being able to walk etc, others are unable to participate at all.  
> For instance, screen readers
> for blind and partially sighted users do not work within second life; nor
> do
> speech input systems such as Dragon naturally speaking (which I use).  I
> would be really interested to hear of list members experiences.
>
> Best Wishes
>
> Sue
>
>
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