February 2006 archive

Lawsuit Filed against Target for Inaccessible Site

A student from UC Berkeley who is blind is suing Target because its Web site isn’t usable for those who can’t see. The student says the site is missing the alt attribute and uses image maps to go to other parts of the site that people with sight impairments can’t use. This could be the …

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Real-time Text Conversations

In the UK, Real-time texting for deaf people says that there is software that allows deaf people to have real-time text conversations using a mobile phone, but the organization that created the service has not fulfilled a legal obligation to make the services accessible.

Statistics on Hearing Problems

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communications Disorders (NIDCD) has published statistics that provide insight into who has a hearing disorder. Here is what the organization has reported: Hearing loss is greater in men. Almost 12 percent of men who are 65 to 74 years of age are affected by tinnitus. Tinnitus is identified more …

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Deaf Dog Learns New Tricks

Nice to read a happy story from the Telegraph. Deaf dog learns new tricks to find a home. The dog learned sign language in hopes that someone will adopt him. He sounds like a sweet dog.

Screaming Won't Make You Deaf

Why screaming doesn’t make you deaf is an interesting story that explains how your auditory system behaves when you cheer for your favorite team. Be warned that this doesn’t apply when the person sitting next to you screams when you stop. The concept might also explain why we can’t tickle ourselves.