There are hundreds of websites on the Internet with information, products, news, or other services for the blind and visually impaired. But which are the most popular? We analyzed data from Alexa Internet’s online website rankings to present the top 25 most popular websites for the blind and visually impaired. While no single site had a ranking of less than 100,000 (the lower the ranking, the better), nearly two dozen sites are within the top one million most popular websites on the Internet.
The Alexa website was surveyed on Saturday, September 26, 2009 for website global ranking data. We looked up dozens of sites and keywords related to blindness in an effort to find all possible candidates. Our list includes only sites who’s dominant focus is blind and visually impaired web surfers. Sites with some blindness-related content which also serve other markets, such as Microsoft or Apple, were not included.
25. All inPlay
All inPlay was the first website to offer audio-enhanced, multiplayer games which both the blind and sighted could play as equals. With the recent announcement of Blackjack, this subscription site now offers six card and word games, most mimicking or closely-resembling popular titles. All inPlay is primarily enjoyed by North American users, with nearly 98 percent of all traffic originating from the U.S. and Canada.
Audiogames represents all things to the accessible games fanbase. Much of this site’s popularity comes from its active user community and forum. It also features plenty of game news, cheats, mods, and information on practically every accessible game ever made.
23. Code Factory
The first software company on our countdown, Code Factory has emerged as one of the leaders in screen reading and magnification software for mobile platforms. Whether it’s programs for the latest phones from Nokia and HTC to their colaberation with Humanware on the Orator software for the Blackberry, Code Factory has their hands in many fires. Code Factory’s best ranking actually comes from Vietnam, where they are ranked 86,865.
22. Action For Blind People
According to their website, Action for Blind People is a “charity for blind and partially sighted people giving equal opportunities in every aspect of their lives.” Subjects covered include employment, housing, and advocacy among others. It ranks in the top 100,000 for the United Kingdom and also sees a large amount of visitors from India.
The appearance of Screenreader.net at number 21 was a bit of a surprise to us, but it demonstrates the reach of Thunder, the free screen reader with a wide international following, especially in Germany and the U.K. This site includes manuals, tutorials, and a user community. Again, the availability of information and downloads in multiple languages probably has helped this site gain popularity as well.
In part two, we’ll look at sites 20-16 including one of the biggest manufacturers of hardware and one of the longest-running resource sites for the blind. See you then.Category: Articles
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J.J. Meddaugh is an experienced technology writer and computer enthusiast. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. When not writing for Blind Bargains, he enjoys travel, playing the keyboard, and meeting new people.