Do It Blind Mission Statement
Our goal is to provide workable solutions to the challenges facing blind and visually impaired customers with the software the rest of the world is using.
Requests for developing scripts
Happy New Year! 2013 is going to be a year of change and prosperity! As we start the new year, we have some awesome changes starting as well. We have officially turned Do It Blind into a business. We already have tens of thousands of followers and know each and every one of you will help make Do It Blind successful.
We receive requests daily to script new programs. Thank you for your suggestions. Unfortunately, we are unable to script all of the programs and are not able to respond to every request sent. Please know we will script as many programs as possible to assist as many people as we can. We want to keep the cost minimal to nothing for blind and visually impaired people who want to use different programs we script. Because of this, we have been hard at work contacting the companies who own or create the programs you are asking us to work on. Our hopes are to start a business relationship with these companies so we can script the programs and put them out for you to download. When these companies start a relationship with Do It Blind, we are able to get compensated for our work and knowledge through the companies instead of through the blind community. We have dedicated our time for the past 2 years to writing scripts and keeping them updated. We greatly appreciate each and every person who uses our scripts. We are excited to start even more scripts and broaden the choices of programs blind people are able to access. We have started to charge for some of the scripts at a very minimal price for our hard work. We appreciate your support. We have also added a donate button for those of you who want to help our cause. We know there are thousands of supporters out there that want to make a contribution towards accessibility for the blind who don't actually use our scripts. Thank you! Without the financial support of everyone, we would not be able to continue on the path we are on. Please make sure to tell your friends and family about doitblind.com. We know there are many more blind people out there looking for scripts like ours. We know this year is going to make the quality of life for the blind community improve greatly and are so excited to see how many more programs we can make blind accessible!
What are JAWS scripting solutions?
Today, there is a wide gap of accessibility in the blind and print disabled world. Visually impaired computer users are always testing the limits of technology and finding out that the world is just geared toward the sighted. While this is a damper on inspiration and enthusiasm, there is a better future in store for the blind community. Do it Blind focuses on major software manufacturers and helps bridge the gap between accessibility and this technologically driven world. Our focus is to help the visually impaired work towards true accessibility. Powered with the knowledge of over 15 years in the Information Technology industry, our methods of creating blind accessibility continues to thrive making it the fastest growing and most successful of sites to help companies understand that there is a desire for main stream products and websites to be accessible to the visually impaired. With proven techniques of accessibility, Do It Blind has successfully brought tens of thousands of users into the 21st century with intuitive and adaptive solutions to access software the rest of the world is using. Our goal is not to provide constant JAWS accessibility solutions, but to rather work with leading software companies and help redesign these products. It is imperative that these initial accessibility solutions come to life and help companies close the gap on blindness related technology. As with any solution, there are steps to take in helping companies rather than force them to comply with accessibility standards. Given the amount of engineering and design barriers, it helps to understand what a screen reader does for the blind. Most companies are very unaware of this technology and how it works. With a proven track record, and not to mention database tracking methods, this information helps ease the concerns of companies that are willing to take up the challenge of engineering accessibility solutions. Given the amount of success Do It Blind has accumulated, it is not surprising that companies trust that it is profitable and equitable that they should give accessibility a chance. Making this a reality and not just a dream, we strive for excellence in creating JAWS scripting solutions that are robust, effective, and easy to use among the blind or visually impaired and print disabled.
JAWS scripting solutions are a 3rd party solution to patch the accessibility issues facing the blind community. JAWS script is a language that interfaces between the program and the screen reader. With the scripting solution, you can see a program come to life and reach the realms of accessibility like never before. It is possible to create JAWS scripting solutions for even the most difficult of software. It just takes skill and innovation to figure out how to make an application behave in a favorable way. Blind Tunes and Rhapsody Blind have proven to tens of thousands that it is possible to use an otherwise inaccessible program as well as a semi-accessible program that opens up new worlds. JAWS scripting solutions provide the bridge between the keyboard and the screen reader to understand the software.
Today, Do It Blind works with the most popular software companies in achieving their goals and help improve their business practices and gives a whole new image to a company that cares. Moving forward is not a risk, but a good idea as the national statistics prove that there are more independent business owners by percentage among the disabled. What this means for software companies is that they have more drive for independence and a desire to work with the most popular software. The blind community prides itself on independence and the thrill of making it possible for thousands, if not millions, of blind and disabled computer users to engage with the world and reach out with the hopes of achieving the American dream. Currently in the United States alone, there are approximately 12 million blind people that wish to live their life to the best of their abilities. Let's make this happen and make dreams come true.
Founder of DoItBlind.com
From a Visual Perspective
As an individual with full sight, I have had the honor of working with an individual who is completely blind. My name is Jennifer McKinley. Until about 6 months ago, I was completely unaware of differences in lifestyles that a blind person must take on compared to a sighted person. Working with John Martyn has enlightened me to the obstacles visually impaired people face along with the triumphs to be obtained.
The first time I met John was during a comedy show. He wore dark sunglasses in the evening and walked with a stick to find his way around. He ate a piece of chocolate cake during the show. I silently laughed to myself wondering if he would be able to eat cake with a fork by himself. He did. I was extremely impressed. After the show, I began to inquire about his lifestyle. For the next several hours, John told me about his dreams and goals. He asked if he could show me some things on his laptop. I had no idea blind people could use a laptop. John introduced me to JAWS and showed me how JAWS helps make using a laptop possible for blind people. I sat in awe as John showed me Blindtunes and Rhapsody Blind. John even surfed the internet just to show me how JAWS scripts enable the visually impaired to use a computer and different programs.
Since then, I have worked hand in hand with John on different solutions for blind accessibility. I am always amazed by the way John works. We have worked together creating JAWS scripting solutions to bridge the gap the majority of companies are not aware of.
The JAWS accessibility scripts John uses are phenomenal. I have teamed up with John to create accessibility solutions for the visually impaired. The passion John has for creating JAWS scripting solutions has been ignited within me. DoItBlind.com was created during this time. Our dream for Do It Blind is to enlighten companies to the accessibility issues the visually impaired face and to provide them with workable scripting solutions.
John has showed me how JFW scripting solutions makes using a computer possible for the visually impaired. Together, we are running full force ahead to create accessibility solutions for the blind. We are on a mission to make the sighted world aware of the blind world, as well as allow the blind world to use the everyday luxuries as people in the sighted world. John does not have his sight, but we do have a vision!
Co-Founder of DoItBlind.com
An organization dedicated to helping visually impaired individuals live, achieve, and prosper; My Blind Spot is a NPO built to empower individuals with sight related disabilities. They do so through projects aimed at housing, employment, and access to necessary goods and services so that they may achieve greater independence and success in life.
Quickbooks Blind - a JAWS for windows script to make Quickbooks blind accessible
This project has been in progress for almost 2 years and we are teamed with Intuit and MyBlindSpot.org to bring this powerful accounting program to you. We have a beta list open for comments and interested parties to join:
To join the list click this link and put subscribe in the subject:
To mail on the list, send mail to QuickbooksBlind@freelists.org
Currently creating a site to promote the reading of braille and allow users to share information, books, stories, essays, and files. Parents and Teachers have their own section to talk about the development of their children and students. A voice chat room is included and the site meets WCAG 2 web accessibility standards and beyond.
Accessibility Scripts and Completed Projects
OneNote Blind - JAWS scripts for the powerful Microsoft OneNote Note organization program. This program is aimed at schools, Organizations, and businesses in order to be more productive than ever before.
BlindTunes - JFW JAWS For Windows accessibility script for iTunes, the music jukebox program
BlindTunes takes you beyond the basic accessibility of iTunes and greatly enhances capability as well as makes it easy to manage your music library and purchase tracks. From easy to use drag and drop to customizing your playlists including Added support for your iPod or iPhone, rate your music and create your playlists quickly with smart playlist creator. User guides and a quick key shortcut system will make any novice computer user a pro. BlindTunes will be a time saver making navigation a snap.
RhapsodyBlind - JFW JAWS for Windows accessibility script for Rhapsody, the online music subscription service
RhapsodyBlind opens up the world of online music and allows you full access to the popular music service Rhapsody. You can search through millions of songs as well as create your favorite customized playlists. You have easy to use shortcuts that help you through accessing the program and guides to help you complete complicated tasks. You have access to radio stations and drag and drop capability. Import your iTunes music library and sort through thousands of songs as well as advanced search filters, you too, can grasp new music at the power of your fingertips.
SpotifyBlind - JFW JAWS for Windows accessibility script for Spotify, the online music subscription service
Spotify Blind opens up worlds to new music and the database of millions of songs.Subscription is free and great for parties.
SoundTaxiBlind - A This program will convert any downloaded music file so that you can transfer it to any blind accessible device or MP3 player. This program works well with SpotifyBlind, RhapsodyBlind, and BlindTunes for iTunes.
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Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired
My Blind Spot, Resources to Empower the Blind Towards Independence & Inclusion
National Federation of the Blind
American Counsel of the Blind
Main Menu Radio Show - Technology from a Blindness Perspective
American Foundation for the Blind
American Printing House for the Blind
Challenge America - connecting injured military members and their families to resources
JAWS Scripting Sites and other Resources
Blind Light | Lighting the path to comunication
Blind Tech Support - Podcasts, Radio Shows, and other helpful JAWS related info
Blind Cool Tech Podcasts
Access Watch -A Resource for the Blind
Fred's Head - tips, techniques, tutorials, in-depth articles, and resources for and by blind or visually impaired people
Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blind
Jim Snowbarger - The Snowman Scripts for
Blind-Planet: Blindness-related information, podcasts, tutorials, mailing lists, and web sites
Accessible Programs and JAWS Scripts
Blind Crawler.com John PG's JAWS Scripts
Chris Nestrud's JAWS Projects
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Ginger's Resources for the Blind